February 2017 E-Zine Tuesday, Feb 7 2017 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Paper Grain: The direction most of the fibers within paper generally lie, corresponding to the direction of their flow on the papermaking machine.

Paper Opacity: Nontransparent property which prevents or reduces “show through” of printing from the book side of the next sheet.

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!
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Design Inspiration
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Via digital watermark consider adding monograms, coats of arms, or book subject/part wallpaper designs to some, or all pages.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/printing/watermark.html
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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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Too much of a good thing: While technology exists to jam pack content on a page, and layer it with digital watermarks, don’t use it in such a way that it splits the reader’s attention too much. You don’t want readers feeling like they have a puzzle book that is hard to read.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/printing/watermark.html
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Marketing advice
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When using book content online (marketing or sharing), do Copyright protect yourself by placing information in a watermark on each page/image. Visit a few examples on our website: Alexander Index (PDF), Green Index (PDF), Chute Cover (JPG)

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/printing/watermark.html
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Genealogy ideas
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Did you know the Library and Archives of Canada is digitizing (and making available) WWI soldier information: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx

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Computer aid!?!
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Looking for other ways to have your manuscript “at hand”? A tablet may be a better compromise between a desk or laptop and a phone. Again, Android users can download MS Word app for free, while Windows users can access MS Word for free, while online. Many of today’s tablets can also attach keyboards, mice and wireless printers with ease while having robust memory (both speed and capacity).

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 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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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/layout.html
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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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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/tips/selfmanuscript.html
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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.

Digitize Manuscript Special: Only until Valentine’s Day! Wednesday, Feb 4 2015 

DigitizeTransform your hard copy manuscript into a digital one for at least 50% off our services with several free upgrades. Digitizing your manuscript is just the first step in many different paths.One of which could be reprinting at a moment’s notice. If you choose to reprint, take advantage of this special to digitize your manuscript – with many popular upgrades – absolutely FREE! Visit our website for full details.

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

Book Manufacturing Concepts
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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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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/font.html

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

What’s It Mean? New Definition
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Page Number: Whether numbered to the eye, or “unnumbered”, each page carries it’s own number designation. Unnumbered pages may exist out of the normal numbering scheme (12A, 12B, etc.), but still must be identified in some way. A book that is numbered 144, 145, 147 should have a blank 146 and still may need corrected.

Page Number (Electronic Manuscript): Number of page from the beginning of the manuscript. this file page number, not manuscript page number. i.e. the last page of the book is numbered 100, but there is a frontice piece and 8 alternately numbered pages making the last electronic manuscript page number 110.

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

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

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.

Check-in (pre-press): Procedure all manuscripts go through when they are received for printing (optional for companion program) – photo pages, pagination confirmed, margins spot checked – includes general inspection for any unforeseen factors that would affect cost or quality of book.

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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!

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

Camera-Ready Digital Print Manuscript (CRDPM):/Camera-Ready Copy Machine Manuscript (CRCMM): hard copy/document feedable (* no paste up, attachments, gummy labels, etc.), single sheets printed one side, all same size, with binding margin (if desired). Many times, these will need to be digitized for optimum quality. Note: two sided manuscripts can sometimes create copy difficulties, therefore, we discourage such practices. Please note that all forms of reproduction will loose some clarity.

Camera Ready Disk: Computer disk that contains Camera Ready Manuscript to be printed.

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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!

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.

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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!

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