Another Sign of Moving to the Digital World


Good Day all…

How chapter frontpieces are formatted

EXTRA, EXTRA, the second draft of Views from Sandhausen’s interior has been received from Walt at Five Rainbows.  Here is the chapter start for the first chapter.  Please note that it incorporates the fountain stone from the fountain on the front cover of the book.  I can’t think of a better way to tie the book together!  Walt gets an Atta boy!

Tomorrow, I will send you an interior (text) page so that you can see how great the layout is.   Based on a thought from Matt Jacob, my Developmental Editor at EditmeFAST.com, we had the concept of an ‘email look’ in mind, given that it was in that format that Views were first written and distributed.  Other than a question that I’ve posed to Walt, this is our interior formatting.

 Yesterday and today, I wrote my second article for suite101.  The following is about that article.

Another Sign of Moving to the Digital World

Today I posted my second article to suite101.org under the subject line of this blog post.  Thus far, the suite101.com experience has been very satisfying, with my first article being accepted and posted immediately, and my second pots automatically posted upon receipt at suite101.org.

Here is a link to: Another Sign of Moving to the Digital World.  I hope you enjoy it! In less than 24 hours, 29 people have read my first piece Step by Step Self-Publishing: the Learning Revolution on Suite101.org.  As stated, revenue goes to suite 101 when a reader, drawn to my article, clicks on an ad, many of which ring the article.  Suite101 then gives me a cut of that commission.  I’m not going to get rich but at least I have some purpose.

To paraphrase from today’s article: “I believe that we are in the center of a digital “Perfect Storm”.  Today’s writer has an infinite workshop, stocked with word-processing, translation, and graphics tools.  The printing capability now commonly offered is amazing (I grew up with dot matrix).  The proofreader and/or Editor have Microsoft Word ‘track changes’, and can output in hundreds of document formats.  The Book Designer has Adobe ‘inDesign CSS’ or other high-end book interior design software, and, he has Photoshop to create cover images that require an expert to discern a difference from a real-life photograph.  The author, through his printing-house, can print one copy of his hard/soft cover book, or 10,000 to leverage (still existing) economies of scale.   Lastly, if you pick the correct Printing House, they will provide your interface to a global distribution network that includes your “Bricks and Mortar” book stores.  Your designer can also output your eBook, after additional formatting, into all of the standard eBook formats.

From a writer, design, printing and distribution standpoint, there are very few reasons why we writers in 2010 even need others at all.  Of course: The MAJOR exception is that we Need a good Developmental Editor and we Need a good Interior and Exterior Book Designer!  To not have either of these experts on your team is the most certain way to ruin!  If you want to be perceived as a Professional, you need to work with professionals.

 It is technically possible to write and eBook and have it for sale tomorrow, on Amazon and most of the other ‘bookstores’.  The independent bookstore of the past will not survive on the profits of (physical) books!  The Traditional Publishing House will not have the power they had even a few years ago.  This is nothing short of a Digital Renaissance!  The smart people connected to the literary community stand to make a very nice living going into the future.  Like the dinosaurs, the less smart will perish.”

Cliff

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15 responses to “Another Sign of Moving to the Digital World

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Cliff.

    Chapter opening decorations are not always appropriate, but when I saw that fountain we used on the cover, I knew that some part of it would work for that purpose.

    On a note more related to your Suite101 article: you can find lots of information by using search engines (I prefer Startpage.com, since I refrain from using anything Googlish), the trick is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately, the chaff far outweighs the wheat, so due diligence is called for.

    Keep up the good work!

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