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Re: cost of self publishing
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- Subject: Re: cost of self publishing
- From: "Rupert N. Evans" <r-evans4@STAFF.UIUC.EDU>
- Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 22:24:27 -0500
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Yes, but a duplexer on your laser printer saves the aggravation of running
the pages through a second time to print on the second side and getting the
sheets out of order. There is, of course, the old-fashioned method of
printing several copies of each page, and then having to run around a table
picking up individual pages. Automatic collating is wonderful!
Be careful what type of cold glue you use. Elmers Glue is far too brittle.
Wisdom glue is best, with Aleene's Tacky Glue being almost as good, and
usually being available locally.
It sounds far out, but believe me, you can do very good perfect binding
with a glue gun and an electric griddle!
If you want to know how, I would be glad to provide details.
At 06:20 PM 5/23/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>From: Rupert N. Evans <r-evans4@STAFF.UIUC.EDU>
>Date: Sunday, May 23, 1999 4:18 PM
>Subject: Re: cost of self publishing
>>If you _really_ want to self publish, it is relatively easy
>to do the whole job yourself if you have a laser printer and
>a word processor program. It helps if your laser printer has
>a duplex attachment.
>I've done exactly the same thing by laboriously printing on
>both sides of the paper. EEEK! On the reverse pass, the
>printer grabs two sheets on a single pass and CONTINUES
>PRINTING! You scramble to stop everything and make sure you
>start exactly where you jammed.
>Since my books are mostly long text documents with lots of
>illustration, I use to use Ventura 5 for the page layout.
>The program came free with CorelDraw 5. It was so buggy that
>you moved the mouse a little too fast and the screen would
>fill occasionally with garbage characters. The first time
>this happened, I saved and exited, only to find out on
>opening the file that the garbage characters were now part
>of the text. We will try to avoid any further exclamations
>points and shrieks.
>Despite this, it was the best long document DTP I have found
>until I got Ventura 7. I tried FrameMaker and didn't like
>it. It seemed more like a word processor than a DTP. No
>precision control over kerning and rules, for example. I did
>Lineland and Cancun User's Guide in PageMaker 6.5, for
>Windows which I really liked a lot, although it is not
>really adequate for a book, lacking automatic footnotes and
>many numbering features, no automatic bullets, no automatic
>But it does have an excellent imposition program and its PS
>files print on any imagesetter without problems.
>When I started, pre-Internet, there was no one in Cancun who
>even knew how to bind a book and I had no way of getting any
>books on the subject. I remembered the instructions in a
>book on bookbinding projects that I left in Mendocino like
>an idiot in 1977. I figured how to do a perfect binding
>using C-clamps and white glue, which I reinforced by cutting
>grooves into the back with a handsaw and then gluing in
>nylon fishing line with a couple of inches hanging off on
>either side to secure the cover boards. Looks a bit homemade
>(which is kind of nice, actually) but it's a book. The
>binding effect is somewhat what you might expect if Grandma
>Moses were a book artist -- naive but sturdy and very
>Each book is unique, an edition of one. I use different
>materials for the covers and the content varies, too. The
>latest version of Forbidden Dreams: Fragments of a Novel in
>Progress has a complete full color 16-page magazine section
>bound in that is an integral part of the plot. The next copy
>is going to be sewn and bound in signatures. There's an
>expert bookbinder here now, a man from Argentina, and he's
>going to show me how to do it. He does bindings that look as
>if they came off pirate's ships. He stamps the titles in
>gold leaf with hand type. He likes lots of elaborate