February 2012 E-Zine (V11#2): Production Monday, Feb 20 2012 

The normal procedure for general manuscript preparation services through Gregath is as follows:

  1. Material arrives with instructions and retainer at GCI

  2. Instructions are followed to produce manuscript pages or sections

  3. GCI produced material is sent to author for proof reading, correction, additions, etc. – generally in small batches, unless otherwise instructed (format varies)

  4. Proofed material is then returned to us, in order that any changes can be made These annotated pages can be considered approved by the author.

  5. If any errors were made at Gregath, these are corrected free of charge.

  6. Should the author alter the work, GCI will make all authorized changes though there is an additional fee for rewriting.

  7. Additional digital author return/approval may be made at this time for no additional charge, or further steps as deemed necessary by customer or publisher. (return to step 3 and repeat)

  8. Finalized work and payment completed – material delivered in requested format, or used for publication.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/manuscript

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March 2009, V8#3: Design Monday, Mar 2 2009 

There is no “silver bullet” for proper publication design or format. However, there are some very basic rules to get you ready to go:

Basic design elements to consider

  • header

  • footer

  • page numbers

  • font style(s)

  • font size(s)

  • chapter/section treatments

  • general page layout

  • foot/end note treatment

  • index treatment and layout

  • title

  • reverse of title (verso)

  • binding

  • Electronic?

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This section is drawn from www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design

July 2006, V5#7: Production Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Hard Copy Manuscript

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind during the preparation process of a hard copy manuscript 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.

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/udo.html