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possible. This stage took a lot of Ɵme but it    (figure 2). None of these pages are numbered
enabled me to become familiar with the book      so a separate secƟon for the front maƩer
and have sufficient knowledge of the material      has to be created, with the numbering only
to be able to edit the images to be used to      starƟng with page one. At the end of the
illustrate the story.                            book, there may be some “end maƩer”, that
                                                 is pages normally posiƟoned aŌer the main
Having checked the script, I am now ready        story. These could be appendices, illustraƟons,
to start puƫng it into the book. Using           an index and even a page adverƟsing the
CTRL-C copy, I work from Word to Publisher,      publisher. End maƩer pages are not normally
“pouring” the text into the page frame,          numbered and the easiest way to achieve this
starƟng on page one. Since the leŌ-hand          is to place a white blank rectangle over the
frames through the book are linked together,     numbering.
the text will just flow from one frame to         The book is shaping up! At this stage, I
another unƟl the end of text being copied.       normally check that important pages such
For the Ɵme being, I only work on the leŌ-       as the Ɵtle page, the contents page and the
hand frame. Next I format the chapter Ɵtles      first page of the story are all posiƟoned on an
because these are usually a larger size than     odd-numbered page. If this is not the case,
the body text. Paragraphing comes next and it    then these pages will not face you when you
is simply a maƩer of matching up the author’s
indicated paragraphs with the page length.        2
It’s good pracƟce to avoid “widows and
orphans”—single lines at the top or boƩom        open the book. If everything seems in order
of a page— and someƟmes this means               and the page numbering is correct, then I
overriding the author to impose a shorter or     copy everything in the leŌ-hand frames across
longer paragraph in order to fit the page.        to the right-hand frames. This is best done in
                                                 small secƟons, perhaps several chapters at a
This parƟcular book has all its illustraƟons     Ɵme. If done correctly, then the leŌ- hand and
grouped together, printed in colour on silkier   right-hand frames on every page should be
paper, but someƟmes illustraƟons are an          idenƟcal—but it is as well to check!!
integral part of the text. This is the case      It seems to be Ɵme to print a draŌ copy of
where the author has provided black line         the book and here the fun starts because the
drawings that are to be put in specific spots     prinƟng has to be duplex, that is, printed both
in a chapter. In such a book, the illustraƟons   sides of the paper, odd numbers face up and
have to be placed at this stage as they occur,
otherwise the page formaƫng will be upset.                                                                   9

We now have all the text placed into the book
and I someƟmes at this point print a draŌ
copy, just to check how it looks. I will also
run another selecƟon of spell and grammar
checks. Finding errors later in the process can
be less convenient!

If I am saƟsfied with the story text, the next
stage is to add the “front maƩer”, that is
the half-Ɵtle and Ɵtle pages, the copyright
page, the acknowledgements, contents and
anything else needed before the story starts
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