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You've finished writing that book, you're filled with excitement, you've made lots of progress, and then, BOOM! Life starts pulling you away. A couple of days away, turns to weeks away, and then months away. Soon your vision begins to dim as the noise of the world takes over. I say "Don't let that fire die!"  

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Book Designer and
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Hi, I'm Charlie

I help people self-publish books, and after 30 years designing books, I have learned a few things. Early on, I soon discovered my book clients needed more than a designer, they needed a publishing guide. As I helped guide my clients, we'd encounter surprises, and waste time, energy and money on false starts. But every job got easier, and overtime I learned shortcuts, and developed processes that make moving that manuscript to print so much easier.


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FALSE

Self-publishers should always
"Print on demand."

—Question 1—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

True

Trick Question!
It really all depends on the book.

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

Details like press run size, whether you are distributing your books or want an outside service to do that, how much you can invest up front, how much storage space you have, and if the book has special paper or binding all can influence your decision. Your best decision may be to choose both options if you need lots of books up front, but want the convenience of a publishing service down the road. 

E-books look just like print books.

—Question 2—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

FALSE

True

False—Most do not.

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

E-books function more like web pages than books. Readers have control over the type size and typeface, so the page look varies from e-reader to e-reader. There are some e-pub formats that look more like the designed print book, but these formats are compatible to a smaller percentage of e-readers.

FALSE

FALSE

B

Besides obvious design characteristics all typefaces are the same:

—Question 3—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

FALSE

FALSE

True

False—Font quality and performance can vary wildly. 

—ANSWER—

Test your self-publishing knowledge

Fonts are programs that operate within your computer’s applications. As with all software, some programs are more well thought out and executed than others. Some have better letter spacing, some come with only all caps, some do not offer boldface or italic or commonly, bold italic. This is why test-driving a font may be a good idea.

False