Writing and publishing a book is hard work, but here’s the good news: You won’t be the first person going through this process. One of the best things you can do for your book—and your sanity—is take advantage of the knowledge of those who’ve come before you.
Most operating systems have developed easy-to-use that allow users to quickly take screenshots. Unfortunately, however, few of these tools enable full-page screenshots, which capture not only the viewable portion of a web page but also the content only visible after scrolling. Browser extensions and built-in developer tools make this process simple.
If you are an author or a publisher, you are likely using the Adobe Creative Suite in some way (if you're not, you should be- it's a great system that is relatively user-friendly and has endless capabilities). The Adobe Creative Suite has thousands of tips and tricks that when used in conjunction with eacother, make creating work with the Creative Suite easy and painless. One of these tips is especially useful when using mutliple Adobe applications at once.
Tips on capturing screen shots on your Mac
Taking a screen shot is a quick, effective way of capturing a high quality photo of a portion or the entirety of your screen. This can be especially useful if you are writing or publishing a book that deals with technology instructions, etc. and you need to capture portions of your screen to demonstrate an event. Below are tips on how to quickly capture a screen shot on your mac.
The following tips are for authors and publishers who have promotional book videos or other forms of multimedia content, and who wish to publish their material in high quality on YouTube. In this article, I focus primarily on sharing/exporting from iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro.
If you’ve written, edited, or published a book, chances are you want to share your work. Today, there are programs where you can do this in a few steps— oftentimes for free.
Animoto is a video maker/ photo slideshow maker that is very fun to use.
First, it should be noted that there are 3 types of plans that a user would need to choose from when using Animoto (although they will allow you a 14-day trial). The personal plan is NOT commercially licensed and is intended for personal use only. It only produces videos that are 720 p quality and maintains the Animoto logo.
Audience: Authors who are composing and trying to publish, and other publishers
Following format of Pogue’s Basics
Potential content areas: Social Networks, Publishing Platforms (iBookstore, Smashwords, CreateSpace), “Softwares for Composition” or some name that includes InDesign/Photoshop/Premiere/Animatron/Animoto tips, Crisis Management
1 or 2 challenges for each area
Proposed Marketing Strategy:
Three weeks before the Collaborative Book is to be “published,” our group will initiate its marketing strategy. Our marketing strategy will be predominantly on social media platforms, include some or part of the following:
- Video Promo
- Post/Publish on different feeds –
- English department blog
- MAPC facebook page
- Blog about the process of writing the book?
- Pinterest boards and pins J
The editorial team has settled on a modified Chicago style of editing for the book. We have selected a method of listing notes (rather than using footnotes and/or endnotes) and handling citation styles. We have it on our radar that some people may have varied their audiences when writing posts, so we will need to review posts for audience consistency. We deliberated whether we should set a tip number limit for posts/topics, but we haven't come to a conclusion on this yet.
- Social Media Strategies
- Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Instagram? Choose 2-3
- What accounts are we using? Do we need to create accounts or can we use existing accounts like English, MAPC, etc.
- Picmonkey for making some posts?
- Possible sources to inform our practices:
- Herding cats: a strategic approach to social media marketing by Andrew Rohm and Michael Weiss
- Still searching for more sources
- Create timeline for when we’ll start posting and what we’ll post
- When should we start?