Because I’ve done it. Twice! And so have some others.
First, take a look at my efforts in writing my first book, How to Start a Business: Mac Version and you’ll see how good Pages can perform producing a print ready file. If I can do it, so can you.
The ease of which you can get a book published compared with years ago makes the barrier much lower. Make the book look like you want it to, both the interior file and your book cover, create and then upload a PDF file to your POD (Print On Demand) publisher and you’re done.
And, here’s a FREE Pages template of how I create my book.
When it comes to your book’s cover using Pages, you MUST use EXACT dimensions for your graphics and images when creating the file. When a publisher says it needs to be 6 inches, it needs to be 6 inches.
I highly recommend that you connect with Walton Mendelson at 12on14.com (named after the term leading, from the print industry, and describes line spacing. A 12 point font with 14 point spacing is “12 on 14,” while we are familiar with single spacing, also known as “12 on 12”). He is a wealth of knowledge about book design and I patterned my book from his information.
It means that you need to do a good job of producing a very good to great book, otherwise, your writing and publishing efforts will be worthless.
If you have questions, ask away. Be glad to answer your questions.
iWork Pages 4.3 (iWork 9.3) Apple download is available for free if you need to convert your current Pages 5.5.1 file into the older Pages file to have more detailed control over the final look of your book.