Special Author Offer – through Thanksgiving 2016 Thursday, Aug 25 2016 

Electronic Book Conversion – Discounts for all

Choose free electronic service, 50% off, or deeper discounts, depending on what is most helpful to you:

FREE: Submit a copy of your manuscript in MS Word and we’ll convert it to PDF at no charge. Electronic approval is required before using converted PDF for print production. These electronic book files are meant for personal and family use and enjoyment, as they will contain no Copyright or Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections.

OR Interested in a PDF book manuscript from hard copy? If it is document feedable, we will only charge a penny a page to convert (at least 50% savings)

OR EPUB file (more “traditional” EBook format) of interest? Basic file conversion is free, but seldom does a basic conversion result in a file authors are happy with due to the differences between the printed page and EBook formatting. If further services are desired, they can be billed at only $10.00 hour – over 50% savings.

Electronic file offers may be combined and files provided via Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.com free of charge. Mailed file services available for a fee.

To qualify for your choice of special offer, you must do the following:

  • Send your manuscript (with production instructions and discount code), mailing information, and deposit to arrive at the publisher postmarked no later than 11-25-16 with code.

  • Use this Discount Code ONLY: “ENov16Conv”.

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February 2016 E-Zine: Complete Monday, Feb 1 2016 

Design Inspiration
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At the earliest, as you complete your manuscript, you should begin thinking about what editions you will be publishing in. Estimated page count, target usage, and type of binding may dictate different maximum page margins for traditionally printed books. Depending on the software options (index, end/foot note, etc.) you use to produce your work separate manuscript files for each edition may be needed. Preliminary work for electronic edition may be done in a word processing application followed by a straight conversion (such as PDF) or export for more work done in a program geared to produce electronic publication manuscripts.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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Using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign (or other program of this type)? While it is easy to place frames and objects outside of your established margins and even running off the edge of the page (full bleed), remember margins are necessary to produce a page pleasing to the eye and many forms of standard printing do not allow for no margin or bleed printing. Always place all elements, unless previously discussed with your publisher, within your established margins.

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Marketing advice
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In the 21st century Social Networking is not going away. Where you may have “pressed the flesh” and been active in organizations to network in the past (thus getting the word out on your current and past projects), getting involved in the online community can be great if your marketing is “grass roots” based. Don’t go crazy – it will just result in more stress about learning something new: Learn about your options, join one at a time and monitor a bit before making it a marketing platform. In this way, if the interface or tone doesn’t seem right for you, you won’t gain followers you’ll abandon if you discontinue.

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Genealogy ideas – this issue marketing applies to genealogy as well.
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Computer aid!?! – see Design Inspiration this issue.

May 2015 Magazine – Produce Tuesday, May 19 2015 

Logical fact of “you get what you pay for” should be included as you form your publication plan. We’d all like library oversewn hard cover books of fine leather (gilt edging anyone), printed on a nice weight (how heavy depending on page count), high cotton content/acid free, fine paper (vellum, high opacity, bright white, etc.). However in the 21st century it’s rare to find anyone with the budget that will allow it.

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February, 2015 Magazine – Define Monday, Feb 2 2015 

What’s It Mean? – A-Z
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*Dummy: Rough layout of how one envisions the final publication will look.
E-book (Electronic Book): Any book or manuscript that is reproduced for distribution electronically on the Internet or disk – 3½” floppy or compact (CD).
Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.
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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html
Run across a word that you don’t understand? Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

Electronic Magazine – October 2014 v13#10: Design Monday, Nov 3 2014 

Consider offering true print on demand (POD) hard copy editions to complement all electronic editions you may publish. Produce a manuscript suitable for production, on the page size of your choice, choose your binding preference(s), and keep a current quotation for single books. Offer POD for all electronic editions based on your cost.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/electronic

Electronic Magazine – November 2014 v13#11: Production Monday, Nov 3 2014 

If publishing a hard copy edition (unbound or in hard or soft cover) one-at-a-time, consider creating a truly unique book by offering to produce additional customer supplied content as a family section for additional charge.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/digital/pod.html

Electronic Magazine – October 2014 v13#10: Production Monday, Nov 3 2014 

Is your electronic book chocked full of color photos and graphics, audio, video, and more? Use the internet to support printed and bound editions: Provide links to color and additional content. This online content may also be used for promotional purposes, and may be placed in public access areas, or restricted areas.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/electronic/ebook.html

March, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Design Tuesday, May 20 2014 

If you are considering a digital edition – whether as sole edition/format, or an alternate – do be sure to take advantage of at least some of the additional features you can use in an electronic edition.

February, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Production Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Some ideas for Electronic edition publications

  • Produce an electronic edition exclusive: Make a cross reference area for specific family members with clickable links directly to all book content about that individual.

  • Family books – make a Google map available.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design

Books by Charles F. Harris together in one place with new information Tuesday, Oct 22 2013 

New author page for Charles F. Harris, so you can shop all his books in one place. Not also, this page contains access to book indexes and other information previously not available at GCI online.

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