Retreat 2016 New Speaker Tuesday, Mar 8 2016 

Joe Bott will be joining us at the retreat to discuss and enlighten us about many positive facets of his free web project Dead Fred. His online photo archive has harnessed the power of networking to put identifications to photographs for many years – since before crowd-sourcing was popular. Visit the Retreat online for more information.

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

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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.

September 2015 Ezine – Marketing Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

When publishing with us, send your publication announcement to us – we’ll add it to our Facebook timeline once (free) any time you specify from receipt of order/payment to up to 60 days after your books ship to you.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/marketing/freeadvertising.html

November, 2013 Electronic Magazine – Design Friday, Nov 1 2013 

Beyond the printed book
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Online publishing services can be to a website that space is provided free of charge, and not further cost is involved – other than initial set up. Services can also be applied to blog or social networking mediums, as well as dedicated eBook services such as Smashwords. For an “for profit” author, or individual book, it is always suggested a unique domain be purchased for continual (reoccurring fees) use, in addition to blog and social networking. Gregath is happy to provide support and tutoring if one wishes to learn how to do further updates and changes independently.

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http://www.gregathcomany.com/publish/electronic/online.html

Full September, 2013 Electronic Magazine Tuesday, Oct 8 2013 

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Bar code: Symbol capable of being read by an optical scanner. Generally placed on back cover providing specific information about item.

Binding: Folded sheets (signatures) or single leaves (pages) secured on one edge (spine) and protected by a cover.

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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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Placing your eBook in a keeper case, usually used for DVDs, gives you an outer cover, as well as a space inside for a small booklet.

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Some things you may consider when seeking permission to reprint:

  • Copyright release can be anything from “sure, please keep this work in print and do whatever you want to with it” to very specific like “you may print 15 copies, with the attached disclaimer, but otherwise unchanged in hard cover with this publisher, at one time in the next six months, not to be used for profit”. Copyright release may require compensation in exchange for the release.

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http://www.gregathcomany.com/publish/reprint.htm
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Marketing advice – variable data
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Microsoft Office users may be comfortable using mail merge to personalize each and every mail piece. If not, with a little bit of effort, learning the tricks can pay dividends. Instead of a general form letter/card – each one can be personalized. The days of hand addressing or running labels you have to stick down can be a thing of the past as well. Mail merge everything into a PDF to be sure it all prints exactly the way you envision (no additional charge) or send along your Excel spreadsheet or Access database with your camera ready mail merge file for a small service fee.

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http://www.gregathcomany.com/service/cards/postcards.html
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You might be surprised what you can find useful in free federal publications: http://publications.usa.gov/USAPubs.php?NavCode=K

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Computer aid!?!
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Have you jumped on the social networking bandwagon, but don’t think it’s worth the time? Consider choosing 1 social networking platform and take the time to learn how to really use it. Then, don’t over use it. If you begin to see results, you may choose to grow into another platform, etc. but just having a user account won’t do much good unless you make it work for you.

May 2009, V8#5: Computer Tuesday, May 5 2009 

Do I need a Web Presence?

If you are an author or genealogist, the short answer is a shouted YES. Whether it be a Facebook or MySpace page, Twitter account, blog (Blogger, WordPress, etc.), a dedicated website with your own domain, or combinations of the above, being on the internet is becoming as standard as business cards, letterhead, and post office boxes for professional and hobbyists alike. You need to “get out there” to be found, just be careful how much you reveal. I always suggest using a post office box for an online address. If you want to talk to folks on the phone, but are worried about giving your permanent information out, buy a pay as you go phone. They are like disposable email addresses, if the account becomes a problem, discard it.