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WD Do-It-Yourself Publishing*

“Self-publishing is the kiss of death. (And you’ll go to hell, too. God HATES self-publishers.)” So come see me at the Writer’s Digest conference, on the Do-It-Yourself Publishing panel, which is chock-full of super-awesome self-publishing types who are also going to hell. When: January 22, 2011, 11:45 a.m. Where: Sheraton …

Tools of my trade

Many people in BookVille probably know I work in MS Word 2000. After all, book designer Joel Friedlander did a whole post on how I make Word sit, fetch, roll over, and beg when I design print books. You may laugh, but I’m a born DIYer. I will find a …

A rose by any other name

This is from my alter-ego’s blog, originally posted December 29, 2008, nearly two years ago. I’ve since addressed the annotations, tables of content, indices, foot/endnotes on this particular blog, but my thoughts then are part of the original post so I didn’t delete them. There’s been a lot of discussion …

epub: Verb or noun?

Come out of your cocoon, Digital Publishing Community: The people who are paying for digital formatting largely do not know that EPUB is a file format. To them, epub is a verb, as in, “to epub,” as in “to publish electronically.” As far as I’m concerned, the people who are …

Pick any two

Good. Fast. Cheap. Sometimes I sit on my email for a day or two. Or a week. I have to. I’m a one-chick shop and I have business-type work to take care of (what my dad called “housekeeping”), my own writing (cuz, you know, I R one), B10′s projects (or …

Digital nonfiction and textbooks

Three things: 1. Indices 2. Endnotes 3. Citation-ability INDICES If you go to the trouble to hire an indexer (quality notwithstanding) for your book, don’t bail on paying the formatter to link it up for you. An index in an ebook is worthless without page numbers, so either take it …

Front and back matter in ebooks

Lately I’ve come to the conclusion that while front matter in print books has a set protocol and exists for a reason, in ebooks it’s essentially wasted space when it’s, you know, in the front. With various preview options at Kindle and Smashwords, it’s very likely that most of a …

Let’s define “enhanced” ebooks.

I saw a tweet earlier today that I wanted to respond to, but I was in a doctor’s office attempting to ignore the flashing red light on my BlackBerry: I like the way @MatthewDiener put “enhancements” in quotes, because this is one of my pet peeves: Dynamic tables of contents, …

Why print will never die

People have called me a print hater because of my Perfect Bookstore/Bookstore of the Future posts. I don’t hate print. Print will change. It will evolve. It will not (nor should it) die. Wanna know why print will not die? That’s the inside. All of it’s done that way, as …