Archive | January 2012

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Focus!

Maybe with all the technological advances this doesn’t happen any more but, have you ever gone to a movie theater and the feature film or coming attractions are blurry.  Someone invariably turns toward the projection booth and shouts, “FOCUS!”  I need that shouting guy at my house. I’ve been juggling two works in progress, the […]

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Getting Ahead: DIY Book Design, Part 4

I know I said this was going to be a three-part series, but it felt like I left you a little in the lurch on Sunday, so welcome to part four. Think of this post as being like a free hidden track on a new CD. I would like to properly wrap things up with […]

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I Hate Widows and Orphans: DIY Book Design, Part 3

Before I dive right in please take a few minutes to read over part 1 and part 2 of my DIY Book Design posts if you haven’t done so yet. One of the final things that I think about when laying out my book is avoiding all those pesky orphans and widows.  I’m not talking […]

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More My Type: DIY Book Design, Part 2

If you missed my previous post (Just My Type: DIY Book Design Part 1) you should probably read it first to better understand today’s post where I am touching on margins, type size and leading. Let’s start with margins. The margins might seem inconsequential, but for a good looking book the part of the page […]

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Just My Type: DIY Book Design, Part 1

I’ve stuck my foot in the self-publishing door by making two books available as eBooks. I decided to go the Kindle and Nook route and after a bit of trial and error, I was able to cleanly format and upload MOBI files at Amazon.com and ePUB files at B&N.com.  I have even received my first […]

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Getting Your Story Write

“Tell me a story…”  Every kid has uttered those four words.  As teens and adults we have devoured countless books in hopes of being whisked away, to forget about the world whining in our ears. Stories come in many forms, they can be told by mouth, presented from the theatrical stage, projected on the screen […]

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Poetic License

Today’s post is bit of a departure for me.  I have been enjoying the fairly regular posts of Chris Galford’s original poetry (on The Walking Den). I have to admit that I am somewhat challenged (maybe intimidated is a better word) by poetry and what better way to try to develop a clearer understanding of […]

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