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Begin by being comfortable: It is recommended that a manuscript preparation individual learn as much as they can about the chosen method of manuscript preparation. Don’t handicap yourself from the start by knowing just enough to get by. Even if your computer system is all you have available, so the choices seem to have been made for you, it’s important to feel comfortable with your system. The first hurdle for a non-computer user author is to feel comfortable turning on (booting up) the system. From there, take a class, utilize online help and forums, and build your list of friends you can call for help, or even just check out a few “Dummies” books at the library to begin. It may surprise the writer how much being familiar with their tools actually strengthens their finished book.

Is your vision for your project not fully developed yet? Consider looking over packages to decide what choices you may wish to make? GCI now offers several packages for hard cover, soft cover, and electronic in varying quantities. GCI packages are all fully customizable but contain popular options to get you started.

There is no "silver bullet" for proper publication design or format. However, there are some very basic rules to get you ready to go:

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Basic design elements to consider

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Some general ideas to make your publication special

Some ideas for Hardbound (HB) or Sofbound (SB) publications

Some ideas for Electronic edition publications

More ideas can be found on the starter page.

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This area will be growing, so check back often. If you have a suggestion, let us know and we may just publish it here - crediting the source, of course!


For more suggestions on this subject and more, order our book:
wholesale price eligible G550-$20.00 WRITING Family History Or Genealogy For Pleasure and Profit Complete Edition, by Gregath Company, Inc., *updated* 2015. ISBN: 978-0-944619-00-1, 8½x11", softbound book, 132 pages, suggestions & examples of all facets of your project for the typist and/or computer user. Note: All G prefix books 100 pages or more, this one included, that are SB can be special ordered in hard cover edition - contact for details. Also available on disk. | Click here for more information.

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