I need neat templates for books which aren't about maths or any other science - just your everyday HarryPotter-ish book you read to get your mind off all the bad things happening during the day.

So it needs a decent simple front page (not really obligatory, those can be found everywhere), and neat interesting headings.


The memoir package has a nice selection of built-in styles for chapter headings. It's also got a number of other features a novelist might want. Also, if you use it with LuaTeX then you can use system fonts easily and some advanced typographic features like microtype and selnolig. I consider all four of those features required usage for a novel (at least for the one I'm writing).

  • Right? I only discovered selnolig recently and now I cannot imagine ever living without it. – bfootdav May 12 '13 at 2:48
  • @bfootdav - You just made day!!! – Mico May 13 '13 at 12:51
  • @Mico , not sure how to contact you directly so I guess I'll do it this way. 1st, awesome package -- this kind of attention to detail is what makes TeX so great and perhaps unique among the competition. 2nd, any idea when the package will be out of beta or at least available on CTAN? 3rd, the README mentions a manual but I have been unable to find it. I figured out the basic usage from the examples but a manual would be nice. Thanks! – bfootdav May 13 '13 at 17:28
  • @bfootdav - I've updated the selnolig package's file on GitHub, and have made sure that the user guide is included; look for the file named "selnolig.pdf". The UG's header page provides my email address in case you want to send me comments (which would be very welcome). – Mico May 17 '13 at 4:25
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    @bfootdav - I've uploaded the selnolig package to the CTAN; it now resides at mirror.ctan.org/macros/luatex/latex/selnolig. (The selnolig site GitHub will remain active and updated as well.) – Mico May 29 '13 at 18:31

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