This is your manuscript as printed
from your computer or a typewriter.
There are a number of things to know in
advance so that the print in your book looks well done. We scan your hard copy
pages to create a master. The quality of the image it produces for your
finished book is determined by several things.
Take one final look at
Formatting Your Pages.
printing the final "camera-ready" pages, we recommend you create a mock book
of your manuscript for yourself (tape or staple pages back to back) so that you can see how pages will
open in the finished book. Remember that certain pages
"face" each other in an open book and if that is important to you, do the mock book
now so you will know. You are likely to see problems at this stage that you wish to correct. If you have to correct problems you discover after you receive a book
proof, there is a charge. So find errors now.
•Remember that when a book is "open" the
odd-numbered pages should be on the right and even-numbered page numbers on the left.
•Double-check the positioning of any intentional blank
pages you have placed in your manuscript. Once you print the manuscript, lightly pencil in on the
back of intentional blank pages "blank page" so we are clear that the blank page is to
•If your manuscript pages are not numbered in sequence
from 1 - the end so that we know which page goes where, lightly pencil on the back side the page
number. If in your design, you have chosen not to number the first few pages, lightly pencil on the
back side that page number. You know your book but it will be new to us. We want to be certain
which page goes where.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO PRINT PAGES
•Use high quality paper so the ink from your printer
•Use a laser printer wherever possible. If ink jet, use ink
jet paper so the ink absorbs well.
•Be sure your ink/toner is fresh and does not slowly
become lighter on subsequent pages, otherwise it will appear this way in final
book form. Print 25 pages, look them over, then print the next 25. While you are
examining the ink, also verify that the text at the bottom of one page flows
correctly to the top of the next page; words can drop out in printing from your desktop printer. If you
see a problem early on, you do not have to reprint the entire book again and
•Make sure your printer is pulling the paper in straight;
otherwise the text will appear slightly crooked in the printed book. Use a ruler
to periodically check the text against the paper's edge.
•If your book is smaller than 8.5 x 11, it is best to
position text exactly in the middle of the page, top to bottom, left to right.
This accommodates the scanning that will be required.
•Print on one side of the page only. Your finished book will be printed on both sides of the page.
•Do not give us the only copy of your manuscript.
•If your camera-ready manuscript contains photos on the pages
you print off, be aware that when we scan your pages to create a master, the
photos will lose a bit of resolution.
•Be aware that you can send us the actual photos. Read
•If you are sending a disk with an already formatted
photo section for us to position in your book once we scan the manuscript pages, we need to know
where to place it. So include instructions. For example: "Place the photo section immediately
following page 125."
•If you have created a
"photo section" on a disk or CD to be imported into the master
file once the text pages are scanned, review
Preparing the Disk/CD for
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