DTP


 
Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web


Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Print Design

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 07-04-2023, 11:00 PM   #1
woody649
Member
 
woody649's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 480
Default It's a losing battle

I have a friend who writes and self-publishes (through Amazon KDP) science fiction novels. He sells them in book Kindle e-book format and print-on-demand. I took a look at one of the print books and I was, quite frankly, horrified. It was, from a typography and layout perspective, simply awful. So I volunteered to format the interior of his next book to make it more in keeping with ... well, with books.


I did it, he published it, and he was very pleased with the result. He writes using Microsoft Word, and I formatted the interior in Word, so I sent him both a PDF ready to upload and the Word file to use as a template for the next one.


The next book in the series has just been released, and I just looked at the preview on the Amazon web site. I was shocked at what I saw.


My friend told me he used all the setting from the previous book I gave him to use as a template. I specifically cautioned him about not using copy and paste, because that would screw up the styles I had set up in the formatted book. He apparently ignored all of that.


I used Crimson for the body font. It's a good, clean serif font that's very suitable for use in novels. He used a sans serif font, probably the Windows/Word default Calibri. I had the book set up as fully justified. He reverted to ragged right, which is how he had done his previous books. He somehow got the page numbering to begin (and display) page 1 on the title page, so by the start of the actual story the page numbering was already well up there. Oh, and he reverted to leaving space between paragraphs -- for what reason, I don't have a clue. He was doing that before I offered to intervene, and doesn't seem to know or care that it's not the way serious books are typeset.


And now I'm going through the same thing again with another chap, who is a fellow member of an authors' web site to which I belong.


I don't know why I bother, or why I care. If the authors don't care, why should I care? Unfortunately, this is what gives self-publishing a bad name. Both of these guys are decent writers, but the only way to describe what their books look like is to say they look like they were produced by amateurs.
woody649 is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Photoshop CS Losing Defaults BobRoosth Images 3 12-28-2006 03:38 PM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2019 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.