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Sorry to be negative, but my advice is: Don't write a book in InDesign.
Write the book in the word-processor of your choice, such as Word. Then,
when ALL your final, final edits are done in Word (which of course will
never happen in the real world, but we can always dream), do the
typesetting in InDesign. The first step would probably be placing the
Word file and autoflowing it (press the shift-key when clicking with the
InDesign is not really a word-processor and slows you down when you're
trying to just get your thoughts on paper.
If you use Word correctly, you can save a HUGE amount of time at the
typesetting stage. Last week I typeset 500 pages (two journals) in just
over an hour, because the Word file had been properly prepared. The
journals virtually typeset themselves (with the help of a few nifty
scripts). Of course, as it happens I was the one who created the Word
files as well, so I was really able to make sure the Word files were
built in a typesetting-aware way. (In fact, this is the only time I've
ever worked with Word files that are built correctly). By built
correctly I mean -- EVERYTHING has paragraph styles and character
styles. And there are NO unnecessary styles (except the bare minimum
that Word forces the user to include).
What I'm saying is that if you have the luxury of preparing the text
yourself, it's not a demotion to begin working in Word. You can write
and style the document in a typsetting-aware way in Word, and if you do
it properly you will have done 70% of the TYPESETTING work when you move
over to InDesign, even though you have not actually typeset anything in
So if you're writing a book in InDesign for the first time, that's my
Well - to answer your question
8.5 x 11 does not equal in scale to 6 x 9
8.5/6 = 1.41 and 11/9 = 1.22
So you can't really scale the book to the new size.
You would probably need to make a new document and resize the pages fit.
If you wanted to scale the pages then I suggest you start at 7.3 x 11 rather than 8.5 x 11