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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January 2016 E-Zine: Complete Monday, Jan 11 2016 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Headband/Footband (also header/footer in binding terms): A strip of embroidered cloth at the end (top/bottom) of the spine, extending beyond the book block. Optional ALA element included in Gregath deluxe binding. Now available as upgrade in color hard binding.

Hinge In: A paper or cloth strip may be adhered along the binding edge of the a page, or pages, to be added after the book has been bound, so that the strip extends beyond the binding edge. This can then be “hinged” into a “finished” book by pasting up the part of the paper or cloth strip that extends beyond the addition, and adhering the strip to the binding edge of a sheet (or leaf) in the text block.  This may also be used to change a given published page: cut the page to be replaced out of the existing book leaving as wide a bound paper strip as the binding margin will allow; follow instructions as above or – trim the replacement page to fit the published book (with extra paper to overlap bound strip); using an archival quality media, attach replacement page to bound strip.

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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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Consider adding extra material to a book through QR codes, removable media (CD/DVD, USB, memory card), or cloud links.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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If budget is a watch word, consider the weight difference between hard and soft cover books when shipping.

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Marketing advice
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Take into consideration USPS price and standards changes (effective 1-17-2016) when figuring book shipping prices.

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Genealogy ideas
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It takes a village: Don’t discount getting together with other like-minded people for education and reinforcement. Gregath is hosting a retreat in October that may be of interest.

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Computer aid!?!
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Do you have something (format) you use over and over again from MS Office – maybe with just a little bit of tweaking? Consider making the format (blank without personalized information) into a template. In your MS program, make a file that contains all the repetitive format and information. When you save as (save if not already saved), click the down arrow by format (under file name) and choose template (word template, excel template, etc.). To make it easier to use, save it where your other templates for that program are saved – or make a dedicated template file folder that is easy to find.

July 2015 Magazine – Computer Aid Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Do you like adopting new bells and whistles for your computer? Have you checked out this database of cool (and helpful) stuff?
http://www.wincustomize.com/

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

Are you someone who is finally getting comfortable with Microsoft Word? Do you not have access to Publisher, or not ready to learn its interface, but want some of the templates? Word isn’t as easy to use to produce finished pieces, however, more templates are available to download from http://www.office.com – more FAX sheets, invoices, newsletters, calendars, etc.

December 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Computer Thursday, Dec 20 2012 

Did you know that MS Office 7 has made it easier to learn programs you may not have used before? If you can make something happen in Word, more than likely the same process will work in PowerPoint, and perhaps Publisher or Excel!

January 2009, V8#1: Computer Thursday, Jan 8 2009 

working with templates in Word (see also V5#5 and #11)

Do you have correspondence that is often times similar? Are you working on reports or a book? If so, making template files can save you a lot of time. But what about updates? Instead of typing in the dates every time, set the template for this year, or even this month. At the end of that time, update the template and save it as a different name such as “coverletter1-09” instead of coverletter. Once this is done, go into the template area and clean up – right click the old file and choose delete. Sorry, templates won’t let you save over the same file name, nor will they allow for a rename from the right click/shortcut menu – at least in XP and older versions.

October 2008, V7#10: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Create a gutter margin in MS Word

Microsoft Word (all versions) If you are preparing a camera ready digital manuscript of any length at all, you probably want a  binding margin – commonly called a gutter margin. In MS Word, you add the extra gutter space through mirror margins. With the file you want margins for open, select “File” at the top of your screen to get the pull-down menu; select “Page Setup”; if not already visible, select “margins”; set “Top”, “Bottom”, “Left”, and “Right” all the same size; set gutter to add the extra binding space to your taste; choose gutter position to fit the orientation of paper – left for long edge binding; under the pages/multiple pages setting click the arrow down and choose mirror – this will alter the preview at the bottom of the box – showing the gutter in crosshatch; select OK or “Default” then “OK”. If you are (going to be) working with multiple files, select “Default” before closing this dialog box. Also, if you are setting margins on a file that already has text in it, make sure “Whole document” is selected in the “Apply to:” dialog box. When you have typed in your headers and footers, print out a page and use a ruler to be sure all four margins are where you thought they’d be. If it is not, repeat this process changing the settings that are not the right size. Different versions of word, as well as printers and fonts will impact your best settings.

June 2008, V7#6: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

MS Office – Format Paint

A good thing (in my book) is when you can get away with setting variables once and not having to do it again. To that end, I bring up the “format paint” option.
 
If you have a paragraph (or several) that are formatted just right and one (or more) that are not. Try using format paint:
Format Paint Illustration
Place your cursor in a paragraph that is formatted great.
Go up and click the button, just right of “paste”.
Next, highlight all the text you want formatted properly. This should make the highlighted text format correctly as you have “painted” it with the great format.
This doesn’t work with all formatting items, especially the advanced ones, but it does most everything found on the formatting tool bar – font size, type, underline, etc.
 
The paint only works for the next cursor placement. If you want to repeat the format paint – such as changing the person headline on each page, double click the format paint button. Everywhere your cursor highlights will reflect the new format until you either hit your Esc key, or double click the paint button again.

May 2008, V7#5: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

In a MS Word file, how do I tell where in the document my cursor is at?

In Microsoft word, look in the lower left – in the gray areas above the “start” button.

Right above the “start” button it shows you what page your cursor is on.
Moving right, it shows what section you are in. If all goes right, you should always be in section 1.
The third notation (working left to right) on that line shows you again what page your cursor is on, then a forward slash and the number of pages in the file. You should see a dotted line 4 text lines from the bottom of the screen (above the red line). This demarks the page break in this type of page view.

June 2007, V6#6: Computer Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

Don’t be bullied into Windows Vista. Every new version of a program (or operating system) means change. Unfortunately, you will have to make a plan to eventually use the new system, but it doesn’t have to be today. On your “to do” list, research Vista online, check out a library book, schedule a “study date” with a friend who already has it (offer to bring the snacks), attend lectures or even an evening Vo-Tech class on the subject. Even if you need a new computer, you may be able to put it off until you’ve had a chance to make friends with the new Windows.

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