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Old 02-13-2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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Kathleen,

The chapters from the books on my website can function independently and form a booklet or article. I have particular reasons for almost always utilizing this method, but there are few exceptions coming. What I am working on now operates in the same manner, independent units forming an organized whole, which could be set into another 50 to 60 booklets. (But it seems that I am in revision heaven. I just can't stop the revising, but that is actually good, and it is the true advantage to self-publishing, setting one's own deadlines, so that quality is never compromised).

However, every booklet that arises from a chapter of the same unit has the exact same formatting. Now your reference to a standard design element or arrangement could actually mean choosing a representative graphic on all the covers of the same series. I like that. Perhaps, you were actually referring to something else, like a page header design. I was also thinking about putting on the cover a small quotation from the booklet or a verse from it.

Just before you recommended the layout to me in the other thread, I was reading an American history book published in 1904. The layout of the book impressed me so much, and the size was about the same as my booklets. I kept thinking I should use the layout, and I kept the book by my computer. Its layout is essentially the same thing as I am converting to now. I'm not certain what the font is.

However, the history book has a plain cover set inside a decorative frame. I was thinking I should use the same type design, but then, it occurred to me it might be too old-fashioned. But it might depend on the frame design. Or it might be I want to pick a frame design that links the present to the past. Hmm. (Funny how you can see what's going on without looking. That's experience). I'm going to use the Georgia font on the cover now, as your humble opinions always work for me, (but somethimes it takes a little while to understand).

I remembered reading some booklets from some time ago, which were superior for both message and design, and and I just found two of them. (Funny, they're also free of charge, and the author graduated from a university I attended in Pittsburgh). One of them is laid out in the format I am leaving. The other is in the format I'm adopting. They're done by Great Impressions Printing and Graphics in Dallas. The print quality may be, but not necessarily, better than mine.

You know, I have a series done in a formal outline format. I'm wondering if the 12 pt. font will work for that on such a small page. I may have to go to 11 pt. then, or start another thread. I'm also working on some things that maybe should have a long version and a short version. Maybe, that will lead to some design questions.

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