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Nowadays, new technologies and services have made it easier than ever to publish your book, but there's one question you may still face: Do I need an expensive page layout program, or can I just use a word processor like Microsoft Word? With this book as guide, you'll soon be producing pages from Word that no reviewer will scoff at.
Aaron Shepard is a foremost proponent of the new business of profitable self publishing through print on demand, which he has practiced and helped develop since 1998. Unlike most authorities on self publishing, he makes the bulk of his living from his self-published books -- not from consulting, speaking, freelance writing, or selling publishing services. In a parallel life, Aaron is an award-winning children's author with numerous books from publishers large and small.
"On target . . . . Concisely addresses a lot of topics that Word users need to know about." -- James Felici, author, The Complete Manual of Typography
"Excellent not only as a guide to using Word to design books, but also as a concise guide to book design." -- Morris Rosenthal, author, Print-on-Demand Book Publishing
"If you are a self-publisher, the biggest favour you can possibly do for yourself is to learn how to present your work to its best possible advantage. And in that regard, Aaron Shepard is an invaluable aid." -- Michael Allen, Grumpy Old Bookman, Apr. 17, 2007
"If you want to use MS Word for typesetting, you really, really should own a copy of Aaron Shepard's book Perfect Pages. Nobody knows more about making Word produce acceptably typeset books." -- Walt Shiel, From the Publisher's Desk, Aug. 27, 2007
"If you want to make your layout and formatting as unproblematic as possible and you don't want to shell out $1-$2k for someone else to do it for you, then add this book to your library. . . . Using this book, I've found page layout pretty fun and now look forward to that part of the process." -- Zoe Winter, Indie Books Journal (blog of IndieReader.com), Apr. 12, 2010
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like Shepard's Books, Typography, and Microsoft Word, this much-expanded version is a first-rate, user-friendly guide to designing and typesetting your book in Word. Anyone who's planning to self-publish a book will find helpful material here, particularly the sections on optimizing Word's settings to produce reliable PDF files that can be used by both POD (print-on-demand) and traditional printing services. Shepard's design advice is sound and concise--it'll help you avoid all the mistakes novice typesetters are prone to. He's especially good on the differences between the various Word programs--he covers recent versions for both Windows and Mac, and he's one of the very few who knows what EVERY setting on the file-compatibility tab does and doesn't do. He also offers some advance info about what is likely to change when Word 2006 is released. In short, this book is well worth buying--it will save you both time and money whether you're self-publishing a book, doing academic typesetting (where Word's ability to handle footnotes makes it a better choice than some page-layout programs), or just find you've been spending too much time trying to figure out how to tweak Word's settings to get the results you want.
Perfect Pages helped me to understand book design, margins for printing, line spacing, prepare graphics and told me what widows and orphans were and much more. I'm an author and illustrator and took on the task of getting my children's book into print. Though I did not use Microsoft Word, this book gave me the understand I needed to guide me through the cover layout as well. Perfect Pages is short but powerful and easy to understand for a novice, in my view, and is a great guide book for those who might need to refresh their memory about book design. ~ JD Holiday