techne 5, tips and techniques

How to get your novel into InDesign

Submitted by tld445 on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:18

Once your novel has been complete in a word processor, the next step is to upload it into InDesign. It is not recommended that you copy and paste documents into InDesign, as this can create a number of formatting issues in later steps. (note that it is also not recommended that you use InDesign as the original application to type up your novel).

The proper way to get your novel into InDesign is by placing it. To do this, complete the following steps:

Book Covers Using InDesign

Submitted by jao on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 17:01

Guy Kawasaki quotes Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of the 10th chapter in his book APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book.  Kawasaki quotes Marilyn Monroe as saying, “Boys think girls are like books; if the cover doesn’t catch their eye, they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”  He uses this quote as a way of making the argument that a professional book cover is essential for a successful book.  A poorly designed book cover, Kawasaki claims, is a dead giveaway that a book has been self-published.

Techne Challenge 5: InDesign Secrets for Publishers and Authors

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:46

Techne Challenge 5


InDesign Secrets for Publishers and Authors


Each person should review Part II in APE and find one important or critical use of InDesign for creating a book and then write an original and short (150-word) how-to guide that explains why its useful and includes a screenshot with a descriptive caption. You can pick one that APE already discusses or that it doesn't but should (and that we want in our collaborative book).