production

Mysteries of publishing revealed!

Mysteries of publishing revealed!

My esteemed former colleague Shelby Peak has written a tidy breakdown of ye typical book production schedule, When’s that book coming out? It’s based mostly on her current day job, which is at a large academic publisher, so I’d love to hear others chime in (ouch?) on how the timing in other contexts differs.

Indexigning

Indexigning

Via e-mail, Lars R. asks, “Would you consider doing a write-up on your blog on the production of indices and how indexing relates to the design process as a whole?” Some topics I’m interested in include – The usefulness of InDesign’s indexing feature (as opposed to third party programmes if they exist, or simply manually […]

The future of publishing is here today!

The future of publishing is here today!

The oddest thing about the newly announced winner of Bookseller magazine’s annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is not its title, The 2009–2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais, but rather that its author, Professor Philip M Parker of the French business school Insead, has produced more than 200,000 […]

Calibrate!

Calibrate!

For anyone who uses print-on-demand outfits such as Lulu.com, or who has been considering doing so, Cathi points out the following brilliance: “Dear Lulu” is a test book researched and produced by graphic design students and Prof. Frank Philippin at Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany, during an intensive two-day workshop with London-based designer James Goggin (Practise). The […]

The many delights of publishing

The many delights of publishing

Bridget points out Rachel Toor’s “A Publishing Primer” in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Excerpts: French flaps: Extensions of the cover of a paperback that fold elegantly back inside the book and hold extra copy, in imitation of the flaps of the jacket of a hardcover book. Très chic. . . . Headbands: Adorable, colorful […]

Archipelago Books catalogs

Prepress Gremlins: The Duotone Edition

Twice a year I lay out a cute little catalog for a publisher friend, and I’ve been doing it for four or five years, so the files have gone through several software upgrades. They were originally supplied to me as Quark XPress 4.1 docs, and I probably kept it that way for one or two […]

Book Cake

The Recipe for Success

Following up on the popularity of her copyediting report, Rose Levy Beranbaum has posted another interesting entry about the production of her forthcoming cookbook: Book Production Phase 7 Pre Design Meeting. The designer’s estimate had the text running forty-two pages over the initial castoff, so there was a lot of discussion about how to make […]

heart-shaped cakes

Patience is bitter, but its fruit extremely sweet.

The production editors notes are in grey pencil, the copy editor’s in red, and mine in purple. It is at this point of the book production that I start to imagine opening the window and jumping out. Awesome cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum (The! Cake! Bible!) describes one of her least favorite stages in the […]

Yap, yap, yap

Yap, yap, yap

John Oliver Coffey dropped me an e-mail the other morning about a new discussion forum for typesetters, aptly called . . . Typesetter Forum. It’s a new (and free) forum for questions, answers and opinions related to the publishing industry with particular emphasis on typesetting. Its not exactly a free-for-all (will be lightly moderated) and […]

Is an educated author our best customer?

Is an educated author our best customer?

At the beginning of this week, I spent part of my lunch hour at the cafeteria (aka Whole Foods) casually consulting with a friend of a friend who’s checking the page proofs for her first book. It’s an anthology of articles about filmmaking, and it’s being brought forth by a reputable publisher of scholarly and […]