Re: OT? Printing a Book

Subject: Re: OT? Printing a Book
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 23:24:01 -0700 (PDT)

"Carol Anne Wall" wrote ...
> I've volunteered to write a 25 year history of the adoption agency we used
> recently to adopt our daughter. I've met with the agency director and we
> have set a scope, format (softcover), rough timeline, and have an outline.
> Now I need to find out what it will cost to get the book printed. I've
> never done this before (my employer doesn't publish its documentation), and
> neither has the director.


I had a teacher in college who said "you are a nothing as an artist until you
can produce results." I think that applies here. Just write the book. Worry
about making it pretty later.

Tools, artwork, and layout are pretty irrelevant until you have some actual
content. It is *much* easier to reorganize existing text than to plan it all
out in advance. There's a good chance you'll change your mind about the
structure along the way anyway.

Nobody is going to read the book because it has a stellar use of page
numbering. They're going to read it because it is actually interesting.

Results first, art second, fame third. That's how it works.

Andrew Plato

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