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What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?

What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?

For the past several days, novelist Jason Pinter has been posting responses by publishing people to the question “What is one thing you would you do to change book publishing for the better?” There’s a wide range of recommendations, from people in many parts of the industry. Some snippets that I found worth noting (in […]

How to pick better fonts

How to pick better fonts

How do you pick your fonts? It’s easy! Just look at type samples and find one that catches your eye. Throw that one out. All this month, Tom Christensen of the always interesting Right Reading has been guest-blogging over at ForeWord magazine. For his final post, he offers “a simplified speed course in making books […]

Am I going blind?

Am I going blind?

Happy New Year! Here’s my first lazyweb request of 2009: Can you see the guides in this screenshot? How about the control points on the path? Because I can’t, and it’s making me nuts.

The Designers Review of Books

Brilliant. (Via Margaret)

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I should feel jazzed that a person I used to work with, who at that time did not know InDesign from Address Book, is still using my files as templates for new books today in his busy freelance design business. Being a spiteful, negative, […]

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

Build a copyeditor from scratch!

My stats page tells me that that nice Brian Winters has namechecked me again over at Metafilter. This time, it’s to Baethan, who wants to work in publishing. Her question was, What sort of courses, experiences, certifications, degrees, etc. should I pursue to tailor me for a career in editorial publishing? When I return to […]

Job application tips

Job application tips

I’m in the process of hiring an assistant, someone who can toil away at the work thing while I’m at school making crafts, and I’ve finally dug down to the bottom of the pile of résumés that began pouring in thirty minutes after I posted the job. (And if you haven’t heard from me yet, […]

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question

Even though their CD-ROM and its tech support suck, I still love the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A: Q. I’m editing a textbook that references a play. Should it be “Act 3,” “act three,” or “act 3”? A solution to this mystery would be greatly appreciated. I’ve looked at CMOS a hundred times for help […]

Books on the why/how of book interior design?

Books on the why/how of book interior design?

Commenter “elle” is trying to find a book that’s “kind of like a manual on how to design interiors.” Like why you use a space break, why you indent certain amounts, why chapters start new right and things that break down the skeleton of a book. It’s something that is never really taught and you […]

Read the Fine Print

Read the Fine Print

RTFM Creative Commons licenses are a wonderful thing. Without them, I’d probably be unable to do my job, so I am extremely grateful to all who apply a CC license to their photos. All, that is, except people who mark their work with a CC license and then get huffy when someone actually uses it.