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Preparing RED to be READ 3

Doing edit checks on the RED manuscript in CreateSpace this morning. The automatic interior check in CreateSpace found issue with the size of my images (requires at least 300 dpi for quality printing). I thought I had fixed the problem with Paint Shop Pro, but alas it indicates they are still not right. I’m going to have a proof copy printed to see how low quality the images actually appear in print. I wasn’t going for HD, so they may turn out okay.

I was mostly looking at the visual impact in the manuscript: were the paragraphs aligned correctly, did the images track well with the text, any glaring setup issues. I had to make a couple of corrections to one or two pages where the paragraphs/subtitles were not on the right page, but those were quick fixes and the file uploaded again. Just took a few minutes.

Cover design and back cover text are complete, so I should have a printed proof by this time next week.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey

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Preparing RED to be READ 2

With one poem left to be completed for RED (and I’m still playing with it), I’ve been working on getting the manuscript ready for upload to CreateSpace. Two things I’ve been doing: converting blog links to notes in the book and creating my own images to add color.

Converting the links within blog posts is a bit tedious. Fortunately, copying the text from WordPress to my Word document maintained the hyperlink. So merely a bit of copy/paste, addition of subscripts, and a lot of back and forth between pages.

Creating the drawings was a bit fun. I thought about adding photos of red objects within the text, but taking the time to find royalty free images and the possible cost: too much to invest. In actuality, I wasn’t going to use any images whatsoever–let the poems create the color. But in looking at the manuscript page to page, there was just too much white space. So I jumped into Microsoft Paint and drew some red line images. They’re a bit simple and crude, but I think they add just enough color to keep it interesting.

sunrise

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