For this, you will need to click on that pilcrow symbol (pictured above) to show where you have entered spaces, line returns and section breaks (see my previous post).
The title page of your book will be centred vertically while the copyright declaration on its reverse is traditionally aligned at the bottom of the page (this is where Amazon’s templates put it, anyway). Your contents and main text will be aligned to start at the top of the page.
Any Page Layout change will require you to insert a Section Break in your manuscript.
Amazon’s formatted templates have these in place for the preliminary pages of your book, but it is easy to delete them by mistake. It’s also useful to know how they work in case you want to group stories or chapters into sections with mini title pages of their own.
Section Breaks stop the formatting from one page carrying over to the next.
You will find Section Breaks in the PAGE LAYOUT tab under Breaks.
Do Not Use Page Break. For our purposes, always use a Section Break. The one you will use most is Next Page.
If you are breaking your stories or chapters into groups you can add a separator page to announce a new group.
These are normally centred vertically and horizontally, as above, and are blank on the reverse, as below.
To change the vertical layout of a page, go to…
- PAGE LAYOUT tab,
- Page Setup (click the little arrow bottom right of that tab),
- Layout (third tab)
- find Vertical Alignment and select the one you want from the drop-down menu.
At the end of your centred page (such as the Title Page or group separators) insert a New Page Section Break to change to top-aligned pages (such as your story text).
Similarly, at the end of your final chapter in a group, insert a New Page Section Break before you centre-align your following group separator page.
If your final story/chapter in a group ends on a right-hand (odd-numbered) page, you may need to insert a blank page before your separator page – as below.