Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
Getting ready for a print version of a book
posted by Ed Farber on July 4, 2013

My two books have been out there for ebook readers, but I received a lot of feedback from folks who would like to see, hold and read a printed edition. I must admit that I love printed books, too. And so I am in the process of having print versions published. I'm used to preparing stuff for printing. Afterall, I was in the ad business in my pre-retirement days and supervised the production of tons of printing material, but no books!

I have read dozens of online articles on the process of formatting for print to prepare myself for the ordeal. Well, it turns out that it is not quite the ordeal I imagined. Being the do-it-yourself type and having the background I do, I designed the interior of the book myself.

Did you know that designing the inside of the book is usually a job for a specialist? It includes specifing and sizing the typefaces, setting the margins, headlining, spacing and many other factors that determine how the reading material looks. Not easy to do or learn. If you look at the copyright page in a book you will often see the name of the cover designer and the book interior designer.

The hardest part for me was re-formatting using the newer version of Word (I had previously used Word 2003) and was unfamiliar with the later set-up. Once I figured that out, I followed the steps outlined by a number of knowledgable online bloggers who outlined the procedures used to format for CreateSpace.The books will be printed by CreateSpace and distributed through Amazon. I'll keep posting on the progress.

I'm happy to report that Echoes of Clara Avenue is almost ready. I've yet to complete the cover and back cover formatting, but I'm working at it--with time out for writing this post.

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