Wednesday, July 19, 2006


My Manuscript Weeps Red Tears

So Luke sat down with me at DexCon and devestated my manuscript for Carry. In the best way.

Anyway, he gave me many tips for using InDesign, like, correctly - and I have but one thing to say:

Paragraph styles, I love you.

Feel free to share the tips!

Also, how come Luke doesn't layout more books?
Because Luke is busy making gamers happy by laying out his own books.

Tell him, Nathan.
Luke is indeed a busy man. I'm bursting with joy that he gave me the hour that he did.

The tips were filtered through tiredness, and then through my gradual learning of them. But what I was doing was creating Character Styles for everything (body text, heading 1, heading 2, etc), and then going through and applying all those, and then changing things like indentation and word spacing and line breaks manually, paragraph by paragraph.

Now, I have a whole list of Paragraph Styles, where I can set all of those things automatically!

So I took a couple of hours to set up my character styles in a new document, then imported all my text, and went through and applied all of the appropriate styles (i have some lists and headings, and such). Now, I look at it and go "oh man, I need more space between my paragraphs." I click one thing, make one change, and boom - every space between paragraphs changes. Thats about an hour of work saved, right there.

InDesign rocks.
You know if you copy text from one indesign doc to another, it brings its styles along with it.

Yeh, I know that now. I used different names for the styles in the new doc, so it was easy to clear the legacy ones.

I'm actually pretty much done with the document, just waiting for Thors edits and the pics. Then adding those, then final tweaks, and it'll be good to go.

I need to learn to do Layout and such myself too.
Sent you the pics. Tried to give them a uniform look. Send me a screen shot or a pdf once you've dropped them in.

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