May, 2018 E-Zine Monday, Apr 30 2018 

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ARC (Advanced Reading Copy): A sample publication produced with author/customer submitted material.  Many times this is in an alternate binding (or unbound with small publications) than the main publishing.  The reproduction process is usually not the same as the main printing (100+) and therefore differences in quality, text block placement, etc. may occur between the ARC and the published book.  For POD, however, this gives the customer the chance to see the quality of photograph the supplied material will produce.  Since Gregath works mainly from submitted camera ready copy, an ARC is generally not necessary.  Our quality guarantee covers any printer error (such as upside down photos) that may occasionally occur.

Art(work): Non-text material (in our shop, this excludes photographs) – may include such things as decorative lettering (not font related), drawings, ornamentation, tables, charts, sketches, maps, reproductions of documents, decorative borders, etc.

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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For each project there are both expensive upgrades, and sometimes changes that can be made more economically than assumed: This is why communicating effectively with a publisher is important. Did you know when printing a few copies changing a page with personalized content is very inexpensive, altering a color cover can be cost prohibitive (though there are a few options).

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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Perfect if producing POD, consider personalizing each book’s cover. This can be done with a simple name, different backgrounds or photos, graphic and fonts. The cost differences depend on type of cover which may also make total quantity ordered a factor. For large hard cover orders, have personalization done by extra line stamps for the most economic. For soft cover, the economical personalized options are more suited for non-printed spine options such as comb and saddle.

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Marketing advice – not in this issue
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Check out http://www.gregathcompany.com/web
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Genealogy ideas
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Never forget that the internet brings new resources and ideas every day – when we look.

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Computer aid!?!
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Have you considered using Skype, Facetime, or some other audio/video software to connect with other researchers?

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About this e-zine
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Gregath Company, Inc. is pleased to present information that may be of help to authors and genealogists on a monthly basis in this format.

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January, 2018 E-Zine Wednesday, Jan 3 2018 

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Saddle Stitch: Soft type binding where pages are printed four and folded in the middle (spine) and stapled in the fold. Many program books and most magazines are saddle stitched.  Due to the paper being folded as a spine, this works well with only small page count books.  Click here for information web page.

Sans Serif Type: Without serif.  Example: Arial. Though uncluttered, the lack of serif separates the letters and words for the reader.

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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Can’t decide whether to publish in hard cover or soft cover? Is economics getting in the way of what you envisioned your book to be? One suggestion would be to publish soft cover first edition books (less expense) and take special orders for hard cover books that can be ordered singly (print on demand) and shipped directly to buyers.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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If utilizing print on demand (POD), offer a personalized page such as a special half title, frontice piece, or title page.

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Marketing advice
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As an individual author, have you signed up for USPS Informed Delivery yet? While this service expanded to individual post office box holders last month, it’s still not available to addresses that are solely business. Why does it matter? If you use the Informed Delivery app, and mail product at a post office, use the app to track the packages: Open the app and after the tracking number has been applied, scan the #, then when is asks if you want it added to your dashboard – say yes. The packages then queue in the app in a tab next to your incoming mail and auto update.

https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action

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Genealogy ideas
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When was the last time you’ve reviewed the basics? Many “old timers” learned it once and don’t feel like going over “old ground” again. However, reviewing what makes good research – especially from alternate sources, can give you new perspective. Are you a Handibook, Redbook, NGS or FGS person? Check out the others – you may learn nothing new, but going over the material may spark new ideas.

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Computer aid!?! – See Marketing

March 2017 E-Zine Monday, Feb 27 2017 

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Perfect (*adhesive, *notch, *wrap around cover) Binding/Bound: Soft type binding type that secures pages and cover together with glue at the spine (square backed). Stereotype paperback – think telephone directory or paperback novel.  Click here for information web page.

pH Balanced Paper (see Acid Free): Our standard book paper: Chemically neutral paper with a pH of 7.0-10.  See Also Archival webpage.

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 already paying for color, use of color watermarks on an otherwise black and white page can add “pep” and dimension.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/printing/watermark.html
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Did you know a digital watermark could be described as traditional ghosting of images? A well planned execution can produce much finer detail to much greater effect than many professional ghosting projects of yesteryear.

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Marketing advice
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Even in today’s world, print has still proven the most effective channel for sales – even when promoting electronic editions. Free PR promotion in publications (newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, circulars, boutique papers and magazines) may need follow up – the days of “if you write it they will print it” are, for the most part, long gone. In addition to brainstorming what publications to send them (alumni, your hometown, subject town[s], industry specific, church, organization, or other special interest), be sure to include all contact information (including electronic) in your cover letter.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/marketing
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A taxing question: Are tax records standardized? No – different places and times produce different records. A quick listing of a few include: poll or head, quit-rent, income, real property (land), personal property. Documents may record these separately or in combination and the quantity of data varies as well.

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While there may be an app for so many things, what happens if there isn’t? For instance, one of our staffers has a Yahoo mail account and a Windows tablet. Yahoo has a seamless Android app, but there are security issues with the Windows system. Don’t get too caught up in needing an app for everything: Hopefully your appliance has enough memory, it can handle the traditional websites one might be used to visiting on a desktop or laptop.

June E-Magazine Thursday, Jun 2 2016 

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Library Binding Institute (LBI): The main trade associating representing the binding industry. They collaborated with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) to produce the American National Standard fro library binding.

Line Spacing: Actual space between lines of text characters on a page.  The standard computer default of “single” can be “squeezed” or “expanded” as space allows.

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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Here are what are considered standard industry terms with approximate heights:

Double elephant folio 50″
Atlas folio 25″
Elephant folio 23″
F = folio 15″ (coffee table book)
Q = quarto (4to) 12″ (telephone book)
O = octavo (8vo) 9″ (standard hardcover)
D = duodecimo (12mo) 7″ (standard paperback)
S = sixteenmo (16mo) 6″
T = twentyfourmo (24mo) 5″
thirtytwomo (32mo) 5″
fortyeightmo (48mo) 4″
sixtyfourmo (64mo) 3″

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Benefits of our POD Publishing Offerings

  • True 600 dpi digital reproduction for high quality books.
  • Basic promotional pieces are easily designed, produced, and mailed as specified.

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The same people claiming direct mail doesn’t net enough return also claim print is dead. Don’t discount direct mailing for promotion. Some content ideas include:

  • Offer free information that is of service to buyers (tips, tricks, hacks, advice, etc.)
  • Invite them personally to an event or to take advantage of your services
  • Further promotion: think of things you can do for your customers!

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The Online Catalog for the California State Archives

Online access to summary descriptions of the vast documentary treasures maintained by the California State Archives. A division of the Office of the Secretary of State, the California State Archives is responsible for the management and preservation of state government records. Within the more than 300 million items in its collections are documents from the state’s first constitutional convention in 1849, land grant records of the Spanish and Mexican eras, campaign contribution statements, State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal case files, legislative committee files, original laws, papers of many of the state’s leading politicians, and large collections of photographs, maps, drawings, and audio/visual materials.

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Trying to locate something using an old bookmark/favorite that is no longer there? One of many options to try is the Wayback Machine at Archive.org. Currently in a handy search box at the top of the page, it searches previous versions of a lot of the internet. It’s not comprehensive, but is a user friendly way to “recover” material that has gone “missing.

August 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Monday, Aug 17 2015 

Over 16 million Virginia Vital Records are now accessible online through Ancestry – though some are still “closed” due to privacy. When no access to Ancestry is available, visit www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/  for an index of what is available.

July 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Do you make use of Google Scholar? Try out the database it was inspired by: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/index;jsessionid=7B3491E8104BB7B80C9236B19C23FCEB

June 2015 Magazine – Genealogy & Computer Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Did you know the Arkansas Genealogical Society has free, proprietary database information in PDF online at http://agsgenealogy.org/databases/default.html?

February, 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Monday, Feb 2 2015 

As Google continues to drop and abandon services that have proven useful for the genealogist, don’t overlook Digital Archive as a possible new source: http://www.archive.org

January 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Friday, Jan 9 2015 

Have you checked Google Books to see if there is any free material that can help with your research? Sure, they’d like to sell you a copy, but you might be surprised how much free text you might use is available.
books.google.com

Electronic Magazine – September 2014 v13#9: Genealogy Friday, Sep 5 2014 

Did you know about this free resource?

Original Databases UK – www.originaldatabases.co.uk

Over 169,000 entries, including:

# over 66,000 parish mag. entries from 94 locations (in GHD Database);
# 2,352 Family Bible entries (in GHD Database);
# over 16,000 Monumental Inscription entries (in PMID Database).

Access permanently free.  (Only images/transcriptions are chargeable.)

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