9.27.2005

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Step 1: Create Book Layout Template for Chapters and Stories
Step 2: Include Forward
Step 3: Write End of Book stuff (thanks, appendix, etc.)
Step 4: Write Beginning of Book stuff (copyright, legal info, title page, etc)
Step 5: Write Introduction & Table of Contents
Step 6: Put it all together, Print Test Copies
Step 7: Mail Test Copies to Test Readers
Step 8: Receive Test Copies, Make Edits, Include Bonus Stories
Step 9: Finalize Book - final sweep
Step 10: Print & Ship
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I can say the following things concerning laying out a book:

1) Thank GOD for Adobe InDesign, because Quark is an absolute peice of crap.
2) If you decide to lay out a book, read the book about doing it first. You'll save yourself a lot of time and headaches.
3) After all the hiccups and do-overs and oopses, it's actually a lot of fun to do.
and
4) Next time, I'm hiring this out.

But it IS really exciting and I'm having a good time doing it. I'm actually getting nervous... The more I put into the final book, the more interested I get in hearing feedback and wondering what people will think, which makes me nervous. All I can imagine is a bunch of people getting the book in the mail and going "Uh... I paid for THIS?!?"