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Do It Yourself Publishing


Do It Yourself Publishing

This group is for those authors who want to publish their own books, want to find out how to lay them out, find and work with a printer, find markets, and all that goes with this process.

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Latest Activity: Jan 22, 2018

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New here/Aspiring Writer

Started by Monique Douty. Last reply by Kathryn Orzech Apr 16, 2014. 2 Replies


Started by Martha Zimmer May 10, 2011. 0 Replies

Need A Editor

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Comment by Karoline Barrett on June 13, 2012 at 6:54pm

I turned 55 in April and I'm interested!

Comment by Peggy Gaffney on February 12, 2012 at 4:34pm

Elaine, I would be interested.

Comment by Heidi Schlatter on February 12, 2012 at 4:19pm
Yes, Elaine - more info please!
Comment by Patricia Sheehy on February 12, 2012 at 4:09pm

Elaine, let me know more about what you need/have in mind. You can e-mail me directly at Sounds like a great project. - ps

Comment by elaine marcucio on February 12, 2012 at 3:59pm

HI I am launching this new magazine for the over 55 CT crowd and need an editor and lots of writers? Anyone interested please contact me . I would appreciate it !

Comment by Peggy Gaffney on June 2, 2010 at 2:11pm
It is possible. My email is Check with Lightening Source and see what form they want. Then email me and I'll see what I can do. Right now, I'm working on finishing two books and trying to get the Authority done so I don't have a lot of free time, however, we will work something out. We can discuss it by email.
Comment by Patricia Sheehy on June 2, 2010 at 11:28am
Peg, hope we're not boring the other folks on here, but maybe we can all learn from your experiences. I do have my book in Word (need to go through it for a few changes); I'm going to use Lightening Source POD because they have great distribution and return policy (it's actually what my publisher used); I do own the cover but will make some changes on that as well. I'm on a MAC so don't have publisher. Do you think I can do it in Word easily enough? Maybe I could hire you for an hour to two as a consultant to the set up? Your thoughts?
Comment by Peggy Gaffney on June 2, 2010 at 11:13am
Patricia - I do all my books in Microsoft Publisher. I then create a pdf. and off they go to the printer. Publisher does page numbers which aren't hard at all and puts them in the background of each page along with your title. If you don't want the page number to show up on a chapter page, you simply create a blank text box on the foreground page in the place where the page number would appear. It covers the area and therefore doesn't show. Do you have your book in Word? Have you selected a printer? Do you own your cover or are you going to have to create a new one?
Comment by Patricia Sheehy on June 2, 2010 at 11:02am
Peg, hi, how are you? I'm not looking for an editor; I'm looking for someone, ideally locally, who has book layout/design experience in InDesign. Maybe I can do it on my own. What program do you use? What's got me stymied is page numbers and chapter breaks (because you don't want to have a # on a chapter page) -- things like that. Any insights, anyone???? - ps
Comment by Peggy Gaffney on June 2, 2010 at 10:51am

I remember Rick Frishman talking about this in one of his teleconferences. You might want to contact him and ask. I lay out my own. Rita Reali from CAPA has been an editor for years and might have information on this. Her contact is Good luck.

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