Newest Soft Cover Publishing Package Wednesday, Jul 31 2013 

Take our expanding family of publishing packages as a good starting point, or use them as is! The newest package available is our Soft Cover Mini-Mailer. It covers 8.5×11″ books and smaller of no more than 200 pages, digital manuscript preparation, soft cover graphic art design, publishing, 50 mailing boxes (or 100 priority mail boxes with $30.00 credit), promotional flyers and more. Visit the package page for more details.

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New information online about electronic books and their formats Wednesday, May 22 2013 

Some electronic book manuscript preparation and marketing has been moved around on our website, as well as an added section on electronic format manuscript preparation.

November 2012 E-Zine (V11#11): Production Thursday, Nov 1 2012 

Publishing electronically also opens up a new world of possibilities! No longer do you have to produce a single manuscript and call it done. Is there a format that supports video great, another that does links better and a third you love, but only supports formatting like bold, italics, and underline? Gregath can tackle the job of producing manuscripts tailored to each electronic format for you, or provide support to allow you to confidently to it yourself.

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

January 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Define Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

What’s It Mean? – Writer’s Lingo
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Desktop publishing: The use of a personal computer to bring together text and other elements (photos, graphics, etc.) into a camera-ready manuscript without using other resources (typesetter, paste-up, etc.

*Desktop publishing (2): The use of a personal computer to produce multiple copies of a manuscript to be bound in some method as books.

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.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

Manuscript Preperation Service Changes Friday, Feb 12 2010 

 Our manuscript preparation pages are moving. Additionally, we’ve added a page about preparing customized, polished, manuscripts from computer files.

August 2009, V8#8: Computers Wednesday, Aug 5 2009 

With group (publishing), unless you can get together at “the drop of a hat”, your group may find itself in need of a way to share files over the internet. The easiest way to do that is pick a format you all use and send email attachments. However, many people prefer to add another layer of anti-virus protection to this. Rather than basically computer to computer (email), computer to third party area where it can be scanned before downloading into computer. Basic needs can be fulfilled by having an electronic group online, like through Yahoo or Google. However, if more space is needed, here are a few suggestions:

  • www.box.net – free or paid services

  • www.drop.io – this is great because you can set the files to expire when they are loaded. When they expire, they are deleted from the internet.

  • Microsoft SharePoint – Robust paid service

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

May 2009, V8#5: Design Wednesday, May 6 2009 

No book is required to have large headers or footers. This area is generally where the page number goes, but it is not required.

Generally found in headers or footers:

  • Book Title

  • Chapter/Title

  • Author

  • Page Number

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/headerfooter.html

December 2006, V5 #12: Computer Friday, Mar 20 2009 

99.9% of the books we produce are from Microsoft Word. However, it will depend on what the focus of your book is, as well as what software you are familiar with, and how much work you want the software to do for you. For instance, if the book is to contain many charts, a program that is geared toward generating these charts would be important. If you are working toward mainly fact oriented and are hoping the program will organize a manuscript, a program such as Family Tree Maker might be best. If you are looking for word processing and are familiar with the Corel family of products, you may not want to learn Microsoft Office. If you are wanting to go with fancy margins, clip art, photos, charts, tables, graphic elements on each page, etc., Microsoft Publisher may be the way to go. The bottom line, like so many other decisions comes down to you. It’s hard to beat making a wish list (I want the program to be able to…) and then looking for a product that fits best. Other factors, besides current software knowledge may be cost for new software, compatibility (if looking toward a hybrid or e-book).

Overall software we utilize most (remember, this doesn’t mean they are the best for you):

Manuscript: Microsoft Word (other Office programs such as Excel, Access, Publisher, and FrontPage can be helpful or used with Word, depending on project.)

Photographs: Adobe Photoshop

“Genealogy” Program (Charts, etc.): Family Tree Maker

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

If sending file(s) online, contact us for full information – do not send by email.
The basic process is to  contact us for login information, then log into www.box.net using the information we will provide you. Next, you will double click open the file folder designated for you and then follow the upload directions on the screen. The final step is to email us explaining the upload is complete and how you are handling payment.

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

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

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.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

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