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”.


February, 2015 Magazine – Computers Monday, Feb 2 2015 

Rare is the photograph you’ll only use once in your manuscript. Often times, it may also be used online, through social networking, sharing with family, and promotional materials of many types. If you’ve not digitized a photo yet, we suggest a couple of options:
Keep masters of the highest resolution you have captured or can make – until replacing with updates or improvements. Reduce quality and size for each use from master.
Evaluate all uses you feel you will need and capture or produce graphics of a size that will satisfy them all.
This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/markting/website.html

January 2015 Magazine – Book Design and Manufacturing Friday, Jan 9 2015 

Book Manufacturing Concepts
The best font ideas will not work for your book, if you don’t send files with the appropriate font information to the printer. Click here for information on how to embed (or substitute) fonts in PDF from Adobe.
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Electronic Magazine – November 2014 v13#11: Computers Monday, Nov 3 2014 

Needing to migrate templates from older systems? One work-around is to open each and save a “blank copy” as a file, then open that file in the updates system and save as template once more.

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

Did you know that any file you currently use (and reuse) in an Microsoft Office program may potentially be saved as a template? Choose File, Save As, then click the down button to the right of the 2nd pull down menu (file type) in the dialog box that popped up; click template (Word Template, Excel Template, etc.) then set your file name and save. Many create a dedicated file area for high use templates.

Electronic Magazine – August, 2014, v13#8: Design & Production Monday, Aug 11 2014 

If possible, it’s always a good idea to have your publisher selected before finalizing your color hard cover files. Though all cover art will need to allow for the thickness of the book board, as it folds around it and attaches to the inside (under the end sheets), variances in many other things will change the exact size and placement of elements on the cover layout. Additionally, even if returning to a publisher, don’t assume the cover process hasn’t altered in some way over time. For our current hard cover file information, visit http://www.gregthcompany.com/binding/art/hardcolorfiles.html

March, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Glossary A to Z Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Camera Ready (see below): Material prepared for “shooting”: Many printing is done utilizing photography or scanning in the early stages of the process.

Camera-Ready Digital File (Manuscript): A digital file or files, stored on the internet or removable media, that contains Camera Ready Manuscript to be printed.

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and

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!

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

Top reasons to publish electronically by disk:

  1. Accessible without internet connection.
  2. More easily definable and traceable sold “copy” then pure electronic file.

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E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 4: Design Monday, Apr 1 2013 

When designing color covers, if there is any possibility you may produce hard covers this consideration should be addressed when putting the file(s) together:
Anywhere the cover has high wear, such as spine hinge and the outer edge (or fold) of the cover image density is a factor if long wearing covers are a goal. While bright colors and high contrast images are traditional favorites for color covers, lower pigment density slows wear (and separation from protective lamination). For longest wear, it is recommend that these high wear areas have a combined CMYK density of no more than 260.
 This section is drawn from  http://www.gregathcompany.com/binding/art/hardcolor.html

E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 3: Production Tuesday, Mar 5 2013 

Some ideas for Electronic edition publications

  • Imbed or cross link objects such as video.

  • Format pages with background/wall paper – include graphics in layers.

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