Bergsland DesignBook Shepherd & Mentor

Illustrator, font designer, typographer, complex formatting, book designer, marketer, teacher, and on & on…

Now, in the second decade
of the 21st century,
my life has changed.

Book production is what I do—unless I am writing. Increasingly, my focus is on helping authors to produce the print and ebook versions they need to self-publish. For the unique problems faced by Christian authors like myself, please check out Reality Calling.

The main thing is that publishing has radically changed. The actual publishing and distributing of the books is free, once you have the artwork ready to upload. You can still go the more traditional route—attempting to get your book into the brick and mortar stores. But for most authors, those venues are down the road a bit. As you begin, you need to get your book released so you can get working on your second book and begin the process of building a name for yourself. As your output develops and matures, you need to make sure it fits in with your plan.

My role varies depending upon your need. I can completely shepherd you through the entire process from concept to release. I can help with the marketing after release. As far as actual book production is concerned, I can prepare the book for you to publish, upload it for you, or teach you how to do it by mentoring you through the process with the use of my books. I’ve been working in publishing production since 1971. Since 2009 I have been writing, producing, and publishing full-time. If you choose me to help, my sharp focus will be on helping you do what you need to do to get your book published.

I received this testimony from an evangelist I have worked with for many years:

Thank you for all the great publishing work you have done for our ministry. You have helped us to produce professional-looking books and products that have been a blessing and benefit to many people. I have recommended your publishing service to a number of people and each one comes back with the same report—they are very happy with your work and have enjoyed working with you. You are doing a great job helping many of us to bring forth the vision that is within our hearts and out onto the printed page where it can be read and received into the hearts of men and women. It reminds me of the skilled workmen who God anointed in the Old Testament to craft the tabernacle and its instruments so that God could have a place to dwell among men. Likewise, God has anointed you as a skilled workman to craft books and materials that can bring forth the presence of God in this New Testament dispensation. You are truly an asset to the Body of Christ.

Tom Shanklin • World Evangelism Fellowship • PO Box 4144 • Mankato, MN 56002 • Website: www.tomshanklin.org

Recent posts on book production

Printing consolidation necessary to survive

Printing consolidation necessary: Xerox buying R.R. Donnelley This is all part of the consolidation necessary to make these hugely expensive presses run. Hardware prices make printing consolidation necessary. The article in Publishing Executive only covers magazines. But it goes much further than … Continue reading →

Where is the future of books?

I just posted a link to this article from The Bookseller: stating the digital revolution is definitely not over. Of course, that is one of those DUH! facts. The future of books is even more complex than you may think, … Continue reading →

Amazon still doing Kindle book modification

I received this in an email from Aaron Shepard this morning. I didn’t get permission to copy this, but I’ve done what I can to make sure you know this is Aaron’s writing. Evidently, Kindle book modification is still a problem after they … Continue reading →

Color e-ink paperwhite: coming soon?

Gizmag has an interesting article today about color e-Ink. They claim it will not have any impact on ereaders. I hope they are wrong. Paperwhites, and their ilk, are one of the largest drags of ebook publishing today. They are … Continue reading →

Author Website, you need a WordPress blog

I read a good article this morning by Jane Friedman entitled Building an Author Website on WordPress: How to Start Smart. I thought I’d better add my two cents. She’s advertising a course which may be good, but I really have no … Continue reading →

Keeping your mind open to creative typographic solutions

One of the main troubles we have in setting books for readability is the set of largely subconscious rules we’ve learned over the years. In an entertaining and useful article today by Jonathan Hoefler named: How to Use Clashing Fonts He … Continue reading →

Book typography: The reality of picking fonts

The basic parts of type Again, we need some more basic language definitions. You can see above how the point size of the type relates to the ascender, cap height, x-height, baseline, and descender. More importantly, you get a glimpse … Continue reading →


Comments

Welcome to Bergsland Design — 5 Comments

  1. I just wanted you to know that I’ve put something in your mailbox.

    However, the real reason is to have an excuse to get another glimpse of the wonderful font you use to re-display this message which is being displayed as Courier as I type. I am curious and wonder what the name is and whether or not it is one of your creations.
    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
    Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.

  2. I wish I could help. I really have no idea what is used for the comments. I just looked through the CSS, but I cannot see which font is used for comments. Sorry.

  3. Hi, Bought your book ‘Writing in Indesign 2.5’.
    Read it once, went over it many times … I’ll get it
    sooner or later. But couldn’t figure this one out.

    Do you write your books in ONE BIG DOCUMENT?
    I couldn’t find where you assemble chapters together.

    BTW: I’m using Indesign 6 … is it worth going to indesign cc?
    I hate having to pay for the same software over and over again.
    I should OWN Microsoft Word by this point with all the updated
    versions.

    Oh yea, Tried to sign onto your list … there’s a problem
    When I try to confirm, I get a white page with a reason I can’t
    subscribe

  4. Hi John,

    Yes, I write my books in one big document. Ten years ago or so, I was forced to break them up because InDesign simply couldn’t handle the file sizes I was using. it was a real pain, as I was always wanting to move a page from one chapter to another. On top of that, dealing with 15-20 chapters felt like herding cats. I had no trouble getting things to work. It just was not pleasant and straight forward for me. Many like it—especially if they have different people dealing with different portions of a book.

    However, starting with InDesign 5.5 (as I remember, I think), It was possible to go back and do everything in one document. However, WiInD 2.5 was done with CS6. I looked at the files, and this is where it started with larger pieces (A-F, plus an index), and I finally put it all together into one file with no problems.

    The primary reason was to facilitate the production of ebooks. Kindle’s plug-in for InDesign didn’t work well with the Book Panel.

    Cs6 was really the first version which made a halfway decent ebook. The ePUBs were OK, and Kindle’s plug-in made good Kindle books. However, CC has really added a lot more power into the ebook production workflow. Now the ePUBs produced are better than the hand-coded variety, in most cases. And the fixed layout ePUB FXL can be really handy, plus the now built-in Publish Online capability.

    So, yes, I think CC is necessary. I realize the $20 a month is a pain, but there’s no way round it. For Photoshop, Illustrator and the rest, CS6 seems to work fine. However, I do find I am gradually downloading the most recent versions of PS, AI, Acrobat, and InD. I no longer have to use Dreamweaver, Flash and the rest—for which I am grateful.

    I’m not sure what the sign-up problem is. No one else has reported any problems, and there are now over 700 people who get the posts via email.

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