Paper grain for copy, inkjet, and laserprinters usually runs long. We are going to assume that your paper does, too. First, set up the document as a template with margins, indents & spacing, columns, and font as follows:
Format < Document
From Edge: Header and Footer each at .5"
Format < Paragraph (indents and spacing)
Spacing: Line Spacing: Exactly At: 18 point (This will give you even spacing should you desire initial caps that are 18 point.)
Format < Columns
Number of columns: 2
Column #1: 3.25"
Column #2: 3.25"
Check the box for equal column width.
Font < Minion or Palatino or Gill Sans
(These are the most legible print fonts and are slightly narrow. Times and New Times Roman are okay, but overused and not as pleasant.)
Making the Template (Note: the pages in the photos were printed portrait; they are shown trimmed to size)
Paste numbers and indicators onto the columns as placeholders. Use column breaks after each.
Front, page 1: L column is text 6 (poem 4 shown); R column is Title (title and image shown)
Back (page 2): L column is half title, image, or blank (blank shown); R column is text 5 (image shown)
Front, page 3: L column is text 4 (image shown); R column is text 1 (poem 1 shown)
Back, (page 4): L column is text 2 (poem 2 shown); R column is text 3 (poem 3 shown)
Save this doc as "Signature_Template1." One of these signatures, for example, can accommodate a story that is originally 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. type. This signature will have two folded pages.
If you want more than one signature, copy the signature template, and revise the numbering:
Front, page 1: L 7; R 14
Back, (page 2): L 8; R 13
Front, page 3: L 9; R 12
Back, (page 4): L 10; R 11
Save this doc as "Signature_Template2."
For a final signature with a colophon or back matter, copy the signature template, and revise:
Front, page 1: L 1; R 8
Back, (page 2): L 2; R 7
Front, page 3: L 3 (colophon); R 6
Back, (page 4): L 4; R 5
1 - 3 could hold part of the body of the book. Save as "Signature_Back_Matter."
For a hardcover book with an image on the endpapers copy the signature template, but revise:
Front, page 1: L blank; R 1 blank
Back, (page 2): L (print with pattern); R blank
Remove all numbers. "Right 1 blank" gets glued to the boards. Print two copies, flip one over for the end of the book. Save as "Endpapers."
- Duplicate the file "Signature_Template1" and rename for your story or project.
- Paste segments in order from your original file into "Signature_Template1copy."
- Check the formatting.
- Look at the column breaks. See where sentences end, how lines are split. Read through to see if the pauses between columns would work better if the text were split in different places. Your document at present is in sequential order, but won't work as signatures, yet.
- When you are happy with the file, save it. Keep it open.
- Duplicate the "Signature_Template1" file, the one with the numbers.
- Paste the columns that correspond to the order in the proper places.
- Print on both sides. Trim to 7" by cutting off the bottom.
- Repeat for more material and more signatures by following the above with "Signature_Template2."
Instructions for sewing: Single Signature Binding (95); Two-Sewn-As-One (100); for 3 or more, pp. 165-174, 181, and from Chapter 7 in Making Handmade Books. Shown: French Link Stitch binding ready to be cased into hard covers. Finished book is shown at the top of the post.