Typesetting

Big Is Beautiful

Big Is Beautiful

I like getting to play Dear Abby! Though lately my responses read less like sage advice and more like columns by The Non-Expert—only not funny. Yesterday Sarah wrote with some questions: Since 2002, I have been editor for our local historical society’s 20-page quarterly. When I first started, I did it in an old version […]

In like a lion, out like a lamb

In like a lion, out like a lamb

I spent a ridiculous amount of time yesterday converting two files: one Quark XPress 6 document to InDesign CS4, and one WordPerfect document to MS Word 2004. Part of the time-suck was because my apartment is disorganized and I couldn’t, um, find one of my laptops. Most of it, though, was because I’ve forgotten a […]

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, […]

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 […]

Make hay while you can still hit the nail on the head.

I spent most of last week TypeCon, where I took three classes and attended about half of the presentations. The highlights were, hands down, the day I spent making mudpies at Hal Leader’s aptly named Paradise Press and Erik Spiekermann’s obscenity-laced presentation on opening night (big, big crush). Overall, I think this was my favorite […]

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 […]

revised price list

Well, nobody can accuse book designers of price fixing.

Tom Christensen did an informal survey of four book designers to find out how much they’d charge for a hypothetical job. I was trying to determine a reasonable price for a 320-page hardcover collected poems, interior and cover/jacket design. . . . According to the 2001 edition of the Graphic Artists Guild handbook of Pricing […]

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 […]

How stylish are you?

How stylish are you?

How do you name your style sheets, those of you who bother to use them at all? Below are some of the most common style names I use for book work, which are cribbed from various sources. I use these same abbreviations to key manuscripts on those rare occasions when I’m copyediting text for someone […]

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 […]