publishing

Sounds Like…

Ever played Charades? If so, you will know that a tug on the ear lobe is the pantomime to indicate that the performer wants you to come up with a word that sounds like what he is acting out.  There are many words that sound the same but have different meanings or uses. They are […]

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Throwing You Some Rope, More or Less

A writer’s job is to tell a story. Words are the medium. A writer jabs his brush into his pallet of words and begins to paint a picture one word at a time. I feel that my first effort was a good one and is one that I am proud of, but one thing that […]

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By the Seat of My Pants

There are (at least) two types of writers.  There are those who plan everything out ahead of time and there are those who just dive in and start writing.  Neither is wrong, they are just different approaches.  I am one of those who goes at it by the seat of their pants, lovingly refered to as […]

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Share the Love: Some Recommended Blogs

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. You know the drill: chocolates and roses. I thought it was an appropriate time to share a little more love.  I published a post back in November where I shared a few blogs that I thought were worthy of mentioning and I’d like to add to that list. Without any further […]

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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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