Outside of actually writing the thing, I put layout above all other parts of the production including editing and proofreading. Not to say editing and proofreading are not important, but layout is more important.Thanks a lot for your advices!
Just a couple of additional questions:
- do you think the layout/background of the page is smtg important or a detail which can be skipped?
- what are stock artworks? Apologies this is an unexplored field... Do you mean that there are websites where i can buy fantasy images? But once i use them, i can find the same images also in other books?
- re to the proofreading (which i do not consider to be only this as "editing"), is it better to go with someone non-pro but expert in rpgs or a pro (who doesn't necessarily know about rpgs)? ...pls do not reply me that a pro in the rpg market is the best option...
Stock artwork can be used depending on the licence - but usually (not always) once bought they can be used unlimited times anywhere you like, but you have to check the licence each time you buy stock. Yes, this does mean you might see the same artwork used in different books. You can find stock art on Drivethrurpg, as an example.