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It’s arrived….

February 20, 2012

The book arrived today and it looks all shiny and lovely. I am quite pleased with it.

Needs a few tweaks before we print more though. I need to re-think the border on the front and back cover because it got chopped to close to the edge of the book so it looks uneven.

But anyway here are some photos…

Book publishing

February 17, 2012

I have been keeping myself busy the last few weeks with some freelance work.

I did have some packaging design work lined up with a company but (due to a lack of work for me) it didn’t go ahead which I was very gutted about because I loved working for them.

My Grandma published a book a few years ago called ‘The Family of Landless’ which sold out and went out of print. She wanted it re-publishing so I was given the job! I assumed after some googling that it would be pretty simple to do as there seemed to be a number of websites which provided templates and you could simply drop the text into it them. After attempting to do this on three different sites I gave up on this idea, the templates gave me no freedom to do what I wanted, even to the extent of centering certain text (which maybe I should of expected since I was using a template). In the end I decided to bite the bullet and use InDesign, I had been avoiding this idea because I had never used it before but I picked up the basics fairly easy since I can use Illustrator and Photoshop. At uni we never really had lessons on how to use any of these programs, which I found really hard to start with but in the long run I think it is way better to teach yourself because you actually remember it!

I downloaded a basic template for InDesign from ‘blurb’ which gave me the dimensions, gutter etc. and got to. I had a few bits I struggled on but it actually went well and I learnt how to use a new program. The book is currently in the process of being printed so we will have to see what the test copy looks like and if there are any tweaks I need to make when it come back in a few weeks.