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There is a pre-existing work
on the subject material I'd like to publish a book for. Is there a way to
further the work done in that book, if I don't have permission from the
original author (Copyright release)?
If you are working on new material to complement
an original book, your first step is to try contacting the author or
estate. You can work with them as to how much of the original content you
may use in your new book. Even if you don't wish to use any of their
original content, establishing a relationship will help spread the word
about your project.
If unable to obtain Copyright release, your new book
should not be presented as an update. However, new material can fully
cross-reference previous works that you don't own. For instance, you add
more information on "Sally" and "Jerry", who were children in the original
work. They both have families of their own now and Jerry has a new
grandbaby. All the vital statistics (factual information) can be included in your new book -
just no "stories" as printed in the original book. You would then make a
note that these two were listed on page XX in The book. Your new
material can reference many previous works in this way.
Click "format" from the pull down menus at the top.
Choose "paragraph" from the list that expands -
this will bring up a new dialog box.
Verify you are on the "indents and spacing" tab -
not the "line and page breaks" tab.
Under spacing (little over half way down) you will
find "line spacing" to the right - it defaults to single.
Click the down arrow to the right of "single" and
To the right of that box (At), you want to click
that down arrow to choose a point size 1 point smaller than what you are
using (example 12 pt text - 11 pt at). Generally no more than 2 pts
smaller - or you begin to cut off sections of the top and bottom of the
Click OK button at bottom - this will effect
everything that was highlighted. If nothing is highlighted, it will only
effect the line/paragraph where the cursor is currently.
For more space savings, you may be able to work with the
spacing before and after - they can be set to negative numbers. This is
generally not as easy to work with though for a beginner.
Note: When working with script or special fonts (such as
etc.) you can play with the "at" in a much larger range. Some scripts
will even allow for half point increments. When in doubt, try it and then print that page
out to see if all the letters print fully.
The space I have for
information in my manuscript is OK, it just is too narrow for the information
layout I want to use - what next?
changing the text alignment from portrait to landscape for the wide information
in question. There are many ways to do this, but if you have the information
already typed, the quickest may be placing it into a "table". In MS Word (may
vary according to version):
"table" pull down menu, hover over "insert", slide right and click "table"
alignment: In each box, right click - from shortcut menu click "text direction",
click preferred "orientation", click OK and repeat as necessary
don't like the table showing, highlight it, click "format" pull down menu, then
click "borders & shading", click "none" then OK. Any resulting gray lines are
only on your computer screen - they will not print out.
If this is
needed throughout the book, change the book from portrait to landscape through
What do I do now that I have
all of my data - each piece in a different file?
Place all the data into one file, or a few main sections
(for large books):
MS Word (advanced user): Use the outline function
to string independent files together.
MS Word (intermediate user): Go to the end of your
first file and use the "insert - file" function to add all your other files:
be sure to save the new file under a different name, or you will erase the
first file alone.
Word (basic user):
If you have any file that already has the right
margins, etc. for the book project, open one up. If not, start with a blank
file and set all margins, etc.
"Save" (new file) or "Save As" (existing file) as
file name "text". You can name this anything you want, but this example will
use the name text.
Open another file you want to use in the book and
highlight it's entire contents.
Save this highlighted block to your clipboard and
close the file.
In your text file, place the cursor where you want
the clipboard material to go (make sure the cursor is blinking), and copy
the information into the text file.
Repeat steps 3-5 as necessary.
Overlooked format items that can be altered or
added to the text file at any time include headers, footers, and page numbers.
Why do I need my manuscript
to be in a few (or single) data file, rather than (for example) one page per
Unless you have produced your entire manuscript from the
same template, putting your data into a single file insures format, such as
margins, header/footer, and page number remains the same throughout all the
pages in that file/book. Additionally, if you are submitting for digital
publication, this can save you service fees. If you are preparing an e-book,
your readers will thank you as well.
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