December 2017 Electronic Magazine Friday, Dec 8 2017 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Road Map: A list or representation of how different elements are to go together into a publication.  For instance: a photo list with page number/placement and/or pages copied with the photos in place.

Round/Rounding: The mechanical or manual manipulation of the spine of a text block into a convex shape (and the consequent manipulation of the fore edge into a concave shape).  Rounding usually precedes backing.  Rounding and backing help distribute the swell than naturally occurs with sewing and adhesive binding.

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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If you prefer a full sized advanced reading copy (ARC – commonly referred to as a “proof”), one can be sent a quoted price. Generally speaking an ARC should cost no more than $75.00 up to 500 pages.  If something is found that was not expected on the ARC (or free proof), it can be fixed at that time, rather than having it show up in the published work. If you desire a true galley or blue line (bound or unbound), request an estimate – same as POD pricing, plus shipping and handling.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/tips/crdprep.html
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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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Shipping services through USPS will rise an average of 1.9% and more information can be found at http://www.usps.com. Unless contracting with a jobber that offers free shipping, this will likely effect your total shipping cost on small orders.

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Marketing advice
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Keep in mind that both the cost of a USPS delivered stamped letter and post card go up 1 cent on January 21, 2018.

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Genealogy ideas
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Looking for a book that is out of print? In addition to trying out the businesses we list on our website for used copies, consider local “buy, sell, trade” options. Some areas have these options via radio or TV, in print publications, online bulletin boards as well as social media options. Target both the author’s geographical area as well as where the subject matter of the book covers.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/book.html
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Computer aid!?!
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Have you begun keeping your Christmas card list in a spreadsheet or database program – like Microsoft Excel or Access yet? If not, and you are reasonably comfortable using a computer, it may be a very good idea to do so. Did you know once you enter all the information from your list – or full address book – it can be used to address envelopes or actually personalize those Christmas letters – and so much more? An example is using an Excel sheet with MS Word (mail merge) to print out current lists (produce directory) to share, print mailing labels or gift tags, merge the contact information with your Christmas letter and more.

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About this e-zine
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June 2009, V8#6: Computer Friday, May 29 2009 

Can I do webpages easily myself?

Webpages can be done easily with Microsoft Word, but that’s only half the battle. For a basic billboard/order page, just use a free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program you can download for free.  Build your page like any other document. When saving, choose “save as” a web page – usually named index (check your ISP for naming requirements). Next, FTP your MS Word built file to your online address (URL-Universal Resource Locator). For a nice author site, you’ll want your own domain i.e. yourname.com or yourbook.com, as well as an easy to navigate site that contains several informational pages.

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