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How to create and self publish a print book with a lot of images and pictures
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Preparing all text for the book

Business Person Illustration by Brett EngleBecause this is an image intensive book, you may or may not have a lot of text to write for it. It won't be long before you'll be choosing fonts and laying out the pages of your book. Before you do, it may be a good idea to type your text in a simple text editing software program first. I find it helpful to have my book's text all in one basic text file, or a few text files, so that I can review my writing in an uncluttered software environment. I use it to focus on the bare bones of what I wrote, to hopefully make it great.

On the Macintosh I prefer to work in TextEdit. On the PC you could use Notepad.

Get your text prepared ahead of time and you will probably save yourself from headaches down the road. Save the text files separately so you have a backup copy. Spell check and proof read your text thoroughly. I don't recommend relying on spell checking alone. Let spell check catch the first wave of problems, but you should still scan your text with your eyes for errors in spelling, grammar, formatting, punctuation, and accuracy. Some authors insist that good writing only comes after obsessive editing.

Support the author and download this entire guide ad free. Only 99 cents for the PDF. Click here! One word of caution: If you use Microsoft Word or another higher-level word processing program to type your text, you may run into issues when you bring your text into other programs, including Adobe InDesign. Unlike the basic text programs mentioned above (TextEdit and Notepad), Microsoft Word will add special characters and formatting to your text that doesn't translate well into other programs. Do not bother with choosing special fonts or formatting unless you plan to do it all over again from scratch in your layout program. The styling will not copy & paste over in a reliable way (it will probably look like a mess) so I recommend focusing on the quality, not the visual appearance, of the writing for now.

Once you are satisfied with your text, hang onto it. In the next step we will create a layout document to put it in.


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