I'd like to use LaTeX to write a novel. Could you recommend me any template?
There aren't any popular templates circulating around for writing a novel in LaTeX. I wish there was one for say CreateSpace submittal 8" x 5" and 9" x 6" formats. And similar ones for Lulu, for self-publishers.
But, I'm still using LaTeX (LyX) for composing my first novel, because I agree with your points.
Basicly, to adjust your default settings in LyX so that it's tuned for a Novel output. Do the following...
1> Before anything else, go to the main menu DOCUMENT> SETTINGS> [Document Class] and apply one of three Book Classes, either BOOK, BOOK KOMA-SCRIPT or BOOK MEMOIR
2> DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[page layout] and select CUSTOM, then 8 x 5 (or whatever your page dimension is) Also, adjust the Heading Style to FANCY from the dropdown. This provides page numbering at the bottom and Chapter headers at the top of every page.
3> DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[page margins] these settings looks great: TOP[0.75] / BOTTOM[0.6] / INNER[0.75] / OUTER[0.3] / HEAD SEP[0.25] / HEAD HEIGHT[0.25] / FOOT SKIP[0.4] you should know that INNER is the margin of the page where the book is bound to the book binding, and OUTER is the margin on the outside of a books page, where you pick the page to turn it.
4> DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[Numbering and TOC] Make adjustments to the numbering of Parts, Chapters and Sections, or lack of them, in the Table of Contents (LaTeX does not have "Scenes or Clips that novel writers may be use to)
5> DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[PDF Properties] [x]Use Hyperref Support (check this box so that your LaTeX generated TOC has hyperlinks to the chapters, if you choose to have a TOC. [ This is useful to export you novel into HTML format for quick and painless ebook (ePub) conversion, which can be submitted for Amazon Kindle submittals, for instance. ] ALSO, though they disappear in print, you aren't going to want the default red boxes around your hyperlinked Table of contents in your eBook, so remove those and add a nice blue text hyperlinks as follows: DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[PDF Properties] go to the [Hyperlinks] tab and check these boxes: [x]No Frames around Links / [x]Color Links / Then finally under "Additional Options" type in this command "linkcolor=blue" (the default will come out as Red Text unless you change it here)
6> DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[LaTeX Preamble] and add the following LaTeX code.
Note, you will have to google and download the GetNoneFreeFonts linux command program to download and install the Garamond font. Otherwise, adjust your font to one you like, other than Computer Modern, under DOCUMENT> SETTINGS>[fonts] Make sure you don't leave it at [default] font, because that's usually Computer Modern. Also, you should know that if you want to use a Garamond font, that LaTeX Preamble command to load Garamondx will override your font selection under the other settings.