I gave a presentation about book design at an Oregon Press Women’s Workshop in June. There were comments at this workshop about Amazon CreateSpace going away. CreateSpace is Amazon’s print-on-demand (POD) arm, which has been a helpful service for indie publishers. CreateSpace has discontinued offering book editing and book design services, but the POD service is still very much around. I’m here to design and format your books for uploading to CreateSpace, so no worries. Please contact me if you’d like more information about my services.
Book design tip
In the interest of good typography, please meet the Dash family: hyphen, en dash, and em dash. We know the hyphen, which is a punctuation mark used to separate syllables and join words. Lesser known members of the family are the en dash and em dash. An en dash is the second-longest dash in a typeface, separating numbers and meaning “up to and including.” An em dash is the longest dash in a typeface, separating thoughts within a sentence and acting as a pause.
An exceptional proofreader will apply the correct dashes to a manuscript. If this hasn’t happened, you’ll likely want to make sure your book designer handles it. I do, and I also honor an author’s decision to use an en dash in place of an em dash. (Some feel the em dash looks too long.) One of the many benefits of self-publishing is you get it how you want it!
Teresa Neumann took on the daunting task of analyzing John Milton’s Paradise Lost and disseminating it into an easily understood version. Neumann’s Paradise Lost and Resurrected for the Twenty-First Century not only works as a book but could easily be performed on stage or screen. This is the fourth book I’ve designed (cover and interior) for Teresa.
I designed the interior of Meg Kenagy’s The House on School Street, a story of eight generations of a family who lived in an old farmhouse in a small town in Massachusetts. A biography, a memoir, and a personal history of the town, it’s not only a gift to her family but a story that will appeal to history buffs and genealogists. It was an interesting design project for me with many levels of headings, articles, pictures, and a family chart. (Meg’s article “Summer reading? It’s time to close the book on that” was published in The Boston Globe on June 22.)
I designed the cover of Second Wind: Thriving with Cancer by Dann Wonser. If you know anyone with cancer, Dann’s website is a great resource, too.
Help for Independent Presses
Have you written a nonfiction or fiction manuscript? After it has been professionally edited, I can design the interior pages and cover, plus guide you through the maze of book publishing and printing. To get started, call me at 503-690-2438 to discuss your project and my helpful guide for authors.