This is a story about bad book design decisions, and how to avoid them. Jill and I visited Copperfield’s Books in Sebastapol this afternoon. Copperfield’s is a small chain of independent bookstores here in California, and a favorite place to browse their curated selection. As an aside, when you consider all the books that are […]
Announcing the publication of The Book Blueprint, Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books
Examples of book pages typeset in various fonts to demonstrate the variations in the overall color of your book page.
Although there are fewer bookstores every year, and a smaller percentage of books being bought in those bookstores, physical retailers still accounted for huge book sales every year. And even though more people search online for books, the actual number of people who look for books in bookstores has continued to increase every year. For […]
The last time I visited what seems like a somewhat quixotic journey to try to create the ultimate writer’s journal, I was still waiting to see if my dream would become a reality. Here’s what I wrote a few months ago: In fact, today I’m waiting to get yet more samples, and this time, I […]
Are you including print books in your publishing strategy, or do you think you might want to do that someday? Good news. I’ve partnered with BookBaby, the ebook distributor and publishing services vendor, to make my new book available to anyone who wants it for free. That’s pretty generous, don’t you think? There’s a link […]
Continuation of the story of how WriteWell Writers’ Journals have been designed and manufactured.
The first part of the story of the creation of WriteWell Writers’ Journals.
The use and typesetting of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes
I have to confess that my favorite part of book design is creating the chapter opening pages. Ideally the display typography and any other pictorial or decorative elements you use on the chapter opening pages will reflect the type used in the rest of the book, including the title page. In indie books we have […]