Blank Pages are Sucky

I’ve decided to give up on putting blank pages between chapters. It’s just too much of a pain with Word, and I haven’t anything that will do a better job of it. If you haven’t been following along with my war against Microsoft Word and page numbering, then this is the gist of it.

MS Word requires you to break your document up into sections if you decide for some quirky reason to write a book which contains pages that you don’t want numbered. It’s fairly obnoxious to set up different sections. My experience is that when you print the book to pdf it breaks it into separate files for each section. Very lame. Anyway, if you write a book, you want to have a title page at the beginning and a few other pages like copyright, dedication, etc. That can be done with a bit of hair pulling, but heaven help you if you wanted to put a blank page between chapters. I just couldn’t get it done. I’ve seen books that don’t do it, so I’m just going to do it that way from now on. If you break the book into sections between chapters, what happens is that it starts your gutter formatting from scratch, which screws up the gutter, and you end up having the the gutter on the wrong side of the pages. However, your page numbers look excellent!

Go MS. You suck. So I’m just giving up on that style of book formatting. Yep, I know, I’m not showing the steadfast determination that typesetting requires, but at least I won’t have to kill something.