Joan Leacott

Print Book Parameters

“I’m loading my print book to CreateSpace/IngramSpark. Uh… what does all this stuff mean?” The first time you load your print book files to a printer’s website can be daunting; all that publishing jargon. Here’s a guide to what the terms means and the standard choices for self-published works. Trade vs Mass Market The usual […]

How to Preview Your Print Book

“I’m looking at the pdf of my print book and there are these random blank pages in the front and back… why?” Some pages in professionally designed print book are placed on the right-hand page of the standard two-page layout: title page, dedication, acknowledgments, the start of the table of contents and the first pages […]

Pricing Your Print Book

“My cover designer wants to know my list price for the bar code. Where the heck do I get that price from?” The Cast Before we begin, there’s a cast of characters for you to meet. The Author/Publisher: that’s you. The Printer/Distributor: companies like CreateSpace, IngramSpark and many others. The Retailer: bookstore and libraries. The […]

One More DIY Editing Tool: Hard Copy

Nothing beats the benefit of a good editor to point out plot holes, sagging middles and blurry character development. I wouldn’t publish without one. I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript, Word proofing options and fabulous websites and the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Read Out Loud function. Another favourite tool isn’t electronic. It’s a print copy of […]

My #3 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Acrobat Read Out Loud

Nothing beats the benefit of a good editor to point out plot holes, sagging middles and blurry character development. I wouldn’t publish without one. But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript. I’ve already talking about Word proofing options and fabulous websites. My third favourite […]

My #2 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Websites

For pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one. But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript. My top fave is Word proofing options which I discussed […]

My #1 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Word Proofing Options

For pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one. But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript. This post takes a closer look at what Word has […]