Why do you need to read this book?
As I have become involved with the amazing variety of the new breed of authors—self publishing pioneers, it has been stunning to watch and listen as they discuss the problems they are having because they are working in Word. If they are dealing with quality issues, Word rarely has an answer. In fact, it’s sad to see that there is no comprehension that using Word is the source of many of their problems with professionalism and efficient production.
This book will give you solutions to that
Practical Professional Self-Publishing Handbook
Even though InDesign is commonly written off as too expensive and too hard to learn, the simple facts are: you are either going to learn it or you are going to pay someone who does know it to use it for you. The cost of doing that for one book will pay for the software. The time spent will quickly surpass what it would have taken to learn the program.
Plus, there’s nothing like the joy of producing professional work by yourself. The book production aspect is just as much fun and as satisfying as writing the book in the first place. Your book becomes a synergistic exercise where you watch as the parts combine to make something far larger as a whole—a beautiful, readable book clearly communicating the message or story which you’ve been given to share.
Help for pros with book design
Secondly, this book gives book design information to the many InDesign users who are now being asked to design and produce books and ebooks. For many graphic designers, books are a brand new area of design. This book will give you the norms, show you how the industry works, and give you the answers you need to communicate with the authors coming to you for book designs.
InDesign enables 1-day releases
You can upload the PDF for print; a full-color PDF download; an ePUB to the iBookstore, Nook, & Kobo; and a Kindle KF8 file in about three or four hours. By the next day the print PDF is approved. Within a few short days, your book is available around the world at no expense to you at all.
Yes, you can publish for free and fast with InDesign. If you publish several books a year, the savings are immense.
In addition, any marketing materials you might need can also be done quickly and efficiently. You can do custom gift ware, special editions for reviewers, gift hard cover editions, large print editions, excerpts, previews, brochures, handouts, and anything else you need to market your book.
InDesign is what the pros use
If you were to hire a marketer, all the promotional materials would be created in InDesign—except for photo editing, video and audio. If you have subscribed to the Creative Cloud, Photoshop and some of the best video and audio recording software is part of that package. The Creative Cloud is what the publishers, advertising agencies, and marketing firms use for production.
Eventually, you will need InDesign for your publishing. The sooner you start, the more fun you’ll have. It’s an amazingly powerful tool for publishing. It was designed for the self publisher. Desktop publishing has become a mature process for the author/publisher to use in the new paradigm of self publishing. Word was designed for office help. InDesign was designed for designers and creative projects like books.
Nothing else compares!
Ebooks available $9.99
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- Does quality matter in the new publishing paradigm? (bergsland.org)
- Graphics In InDesign: an excerpt from “Practical Professional Self Publishing Handbook” (bergsland.org)
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- The Book designer’s Book Typography and Fonts package (bergsland.org)