For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have made a capital mistake when not checking the rules of capitalization before publishing. It can be a tricky business, but nothing you cannot master by following a set of simple rules. In this article, we are writing about right capitalization and punctuation of titles (of your own books) on the cover and on the title page, with special regard to consistency.
Capitalization of your book title
This is probably common knowledge, but main titles in English are capitalized. (If you are not writing in English, follow the typesetting rules of your own language: anglicisms are generally frown upon.) Unfortunately for us, the rules of capitalization, commonly known as Title Case couldn’t be more complicated.
The first and the last word of the sentence
Articles (a, an, the)
The word after a colon
Coordinating conjunctions (but, and, or, if, nor etc.)
All meaningful words (verbs, nouns etc)
Prepositions under 5 letters (at, to, from, etc.)
Subordinating conjunctions (as, because etc.)
Punctuation of headings and chapters
The situation is not that clear once we are down to chapters and headings. There are two big schools of punctuation: some like to have chapter titles and headings in title case, and some people not. There is nothing wrong with either of group, you can follow your heart in this question, but don’t forget to be consistent throughout the document.
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