We live in a world full of new stimuli and situations. Every day, despite the routine, we must face situations and elements that we had not had to face previously. Making a good impression secures a lasting one.
The brain needs to be organized in some way. If every time you faced something new you had to analyze all the little details to understand, it would be terribly inefficient. Thus, before a new situation, what the brain does is: Make a first impression to decide if it is “good or bad.” Secondly, organize and classify that information to be able to access it quickly if necessary. This gives rise to a first impression.
A good text is not only one that presents relevant information, but rather that which is well built. It catches the attention of the reader and creates a lasting first impression. Such a text is also one that makes sense to anyone who reads it, that is. It communicates in some way with who is on the other side
Use your creativity whenever possible. Let’s face it: no one likes reading a text that adds little or nothing to their life. As a writer, producing a great and attention catching text demonstrates your level of critical judgment and mastery over the chosen subject.
Furthermore, a book which would have a lasting first impression must have the following characteristics:
The parts of a book follow one another in a logical order. Which enables both linear reading from beginning to end. The possibility of moving forward, backward or jump to specific locations. This usually begins with the front and title pages.
Other sections are added according to the specific needs of the book. The preferences of the author (dedication, epigraphs, prologue, epilogue, bibliography, glossary, information about the author, appendices, etc.). Other indexes are included that facilitate the navigation, like one of subjects or contents, and other of tables and images.
Within the body of the book, a novel is divided into chapters, which may have a title or just a number. If poems or stories are published, each has its title and begin on a different page. In the case of non-fiction texts, within individual chapters, there are sections headed by subtitles.
In every quality book, you work with styles which define font size, text alignment, first-line indentation, and spacing before or after paragraphs and titles. Additionally, a background or font color, a highlighting or a typographic variant (bold, italic, underline) can be set.
Such styles are used consistently throughout the book. Indentation is the same for all paragraphs of the same type, unless a textual quotation is being presented or there is a reason to enter another style.
The reader will visually distinguish the different hierarchies within the structure of the book. The title of a chapter does not look the same as that of the sections within that chapter, since it works with different levels.
Each paragraph in your book must be carefully reviewed to ensure that it constitutes a unit and carries the correct style. This seems like common sense. However, we’ve seen books today where the elements of a list looks like a normal paragraph or is placed in a heading.
Regardless of the size in which they appear, the images (including the cover art) must retain their aspect ratio, that is, they are not distorted. If they contain text, they must be legible. Due to its typographic characteristics, proper orientation and quality of the image is of utmost importance.
Having good images on your book is necessary as this would communicate the excellence level of both the author and the book to the reader.
For a book to have a lasting first impression, it must be punctuated correctly so it can be read fluently without leaving an awkward impression.
Punctuation errors greatly reduce the quality of a book. There are a number of rules that need to be applied. For example, do not separate the comma, the point, the parentheses and the two points of the element that precedes them, but use a space (only one) to separate them from the next.
The line of dialogues deserves almost a separate chapter. Many confuse it with a script, put it away from the word as if it were a list or combine it with quotation marks.
Incorrect punctuation creates unorthodox effects. Such as joining two words if you place a parenthesis between them without spaces. A large gap between words if there is more than one space after a comma. The beginning of a line with a punctuation mark. In addition, the difference between the types of quotation marks. The inclusion of the ellipses as a single character or as three points. The inconsistent typographic highlighting is very noticeable. Such details are necessary to take care of when creating a quality book.
In conclusion, the secret of producing a book that gives a lasting first impression is a good experience for the reader. Awareness of the structure, application of styles, careful correction, quality of the additional elements, and attention to detail. With all these in place, we can then have the satisfaction of offering the public a pleasant book, which represents our work in the best possible way.