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By Robert Bowie Jr. Johnson, Ronald Pramschufer

Publishing fundamentals takes the entire secret our to self-publishing and is helping steer you within the correct course. The booklet is geared up in an easy aspect, query and solution layout

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Moisture is 42 Publishing Basics removed until the mixture becomes paper. ) The bottom line is that the direction in which these pulp fibers are aligned represents the grain of the paper. All paper has a grain. 5 x 11" copy paper and fold it the 11" way, you get a nice, smooth fold. 5" way and you get a ragged, irregular fold. The heavier the paper, the more pronounced this effect. You always want the grain of the paper to run parallel to the binding edge of the book. This allows the pages of the book to open naturally.

You would never consider this size for a novel, however. For short runs, there’s no price difference between this size and 7 x 10". Should I be looking outside the United States to print my black-and-white book? Generally the answer is no. Papers, plates, and ink—the main materials in the printing process—cost the same here as they do anywhere else in the world. Printing presses and related equipment cost the same no matter where you go and must be maintained the same way worldwide. In the United States, we actually pay less than foreign consumers for uncoated book paper because the paper mills are right here.

Let’s compare 50# (“fifty-pound”) and 60#. The 60# is 20% heavier than the 50#. Assuming text paper makes up 50% of the cost of your book (that MANUFACTURING QUESTIONS 47 percentage increases with quantity), then using 50# paper instead of 60# will cut 20% or more off your paper cost, and 10% or more off your total cost. Use one of the standard papers most publishers use for their books. Stay away from paper salesmen with swatch books. His or her detailed discussion of a paper’s opacity, color, finish, brightness, and groundwood content is usually not intended to save you money.

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