November 2002, V1#3: Define Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Camera Ready (hard copy) Manuscript (mssc or CRM): Basically “what you see is what you get”, printed on one side of the paper, it includes text, artwork, documents, and spaces for photos. Any blemishes, coffee stains, or copy machine “splatter” on the original will be on the final copy (finished books). Please note that all forms of reproduction from this manuscript will loose some clarity.


September 2002, V1#1: Define Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Backbone: Center edge of a book perpendicular to and between its covers.

October 2002: V1#2: Define Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Back/Backing: The binding process of dispersing the swelling of the spine of a rounded text block and shaping it into a shoulder on each side of the spine of a text block.  Backing accommodates the thickness of the boards, and provides a hinge along which they can swing freely.  Backing also helps to prevent the spine of the text block from collapsing into a concave shape over time.

November 2002: V1#3: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

So many pages/sites you will visit have lots of photos and/or music, etc. (bells & whistles) that they take forever to load.  If you are on a search for text and don’t care about photos, music and the like, turn them off to speed your load time.

Here’s what you do:  Load Explorer and then click the pull down menu “tools”, next click “(internet) options” (wording may be different for different software versions).  Once a box pops up, you will click the “advanced” tab at the top of the box.  This brings up a long list of things you can have work or disabled.  You want to scroll down the list until you find the “multimedia” section.  Several items in this section are checked.  For fastest download, click each checkmark to de-select all “play” options. Next click the “OK” button at the bottom of the box.  To check, hit the refresh button (button with white sheet with 2 green arrows circling each other). Please note that this may be done in reverse to get photos, etc back.  Any type of multimedia you want to see, click the blank box (which will check it), click “OK” and then the refresh button.

November 2002: V1#3: Genealogy Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Have you checked in adjoining counties and/or states (depending on where they were) for some record of lost ancestors?  In the past, it was common to go to the nearest (or in the case of mountains, rivers, etc.) place to record records, not necessarily the “correct” place.  In addition, what may be one county in this century, may not have been the same county in the time period you are looking in.

November 2002: V1#3: Marketing Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

When deciding on what the total cost (retail) for you book is to be you need to consider not only production cost but any additional postage during manufacturing or other hidden costs as well as delivery postage to your customers (if you plan to sell “postage included”).  In a genealogy or family history, it is not usually smart to try to recoup research, manuscript preparation or travel time and expense through your retail price.  However, one may wish, once they have established the “break even point” and what profit margin they wish to have they might want to add in “standard wholesale”.  In the book industry genre (topic, subject) wide, book stores and book dealers expect to be able to buy books at 40% off the retail sales price.  If you add 40% to what you feel you need from a book, then you will be getting a basic price for wholesale sales and that basic price+40% on retail sales.  This also gives you room to run special pricing if you desire such as a lower pre-publication price (discussed next month) or a sale at a family reunion, etc.

November 2002: V1#3: Book Design Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind during time you are in preparation process (unless you are informed by your printer/publisher it is incorrect) is “what you see, is what you get”. For the best results use a smooth white paper.  Expensive “top of the line” computer paper is not necessary, a good “typing” copy machine or all purpose paper is fine.  Avoid colored (cream, gray, etc.), aged colored and textured (pebbled, linen finish, etc.) as well as ultra thin (onionskin, etc.) papers. Make sure that the print is clear, consistent and as dark as possible throughout. In the end, you will be much happier if the typewriter or (non laser or DeskJet) printer used contains a carbon film ribbon, is in good mechanical working order and has clean unbroken strikers. More and more people are acquiring laser or bubble jet/DeskJet printers and these make a very nice camera ready manuscript. In good faith, we can not recommend manual typewriters, fabric ribbons, dot matrix printers, or low quality DeskJet/bubble jet printers for a good finished product. Electric typewriters, daisy wheel or ball printers and laser or bubble jet/DeskJet printers (on high quality settings) can be borrowed or rented in most areas.

October 2002, V1#2: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Open your program and click the “tools” pull down menu.  Click “options”, when the box comes up note there are quite a few tabs at the top of the box.  Click the “signatures” tab.  There may be some areas of this signatures area that are check boxes – if you want the statement to apply, click in the box to the left (checking it).  If you want to utilize an automatic (where you don’t have to add it each time), click the box to the left of add to all messages (specific text may vary with version).  Toward the middle of the box should be an area that has buttons on the right of it.  If you want to add a new signature, click the “add” button.  This should allow you to click in the bottom box (under edit signature) and place your signature text there by keyboard.  Once you have your signature text in (I suggest no more than 4 short lines), click the “set as default” button to the right.  Next, click the “ok” button at the bottom of this window.  It will close and the next time you send (new) mail, your signature will appear in the blank message before you begin writing.

October 2002, V1#2: Genealogy Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Revisiting the ancestor that has disappeared.  If the migration routes didn’t help, become a student of history.  In addition to general migration, different “happenings in history” may have some bearing on where families moved – both from and to.  Leads can be something as small as a house (prairie, etc.) fire recorded in a regional publication.  Sometimes whole congregations moved, or even a particular family member was wanted by the law.

October 2002, V1#2: Marketing Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

One of the easiest ways to spread the word if you email folks is to add a signature (or a line to your signature) to your email that says you are the author of your book.  See our Computer aid section this issue for more help doing this.

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