Trim size is a key piece of information needed to start a print layout.
A few tips and tricks about choosing your trim size:
- The most popular fiction trim sizes are 6×9, 5.5×8.5, 5.25×8 and 5×8. (Which are the sizes shown in the image below). Here’s a link for more info about trim size options from CreateSpace.
- Trim size effects royalties and distribution. There is a calculator on CreateSpace’s website to demonstrate how the trim size can influence earnings here.
- Finally, consider pulling some books off of a shelf and measuring them to see which “feels” right in your hand and use that as a starting point. It gives the decision a more real-life feel instead of just numbers on a screen.