• Telling Your Story

    Adelaide Writers’ Week

    Last week I attended some of the events at Adelaide Writers’ Week. It was stinking hot while I was there so it did take a bit of effort to gather myself up and make the trek from another venue where I ran my own publishing workshop. Luckily Adelaide’s traffic is not nearly as dense as Melbourne, even though Adelaide-ites were telling me how crazy it was with so many events on. Writers’ Week is held in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, off King William Street. What an oasis this is. Sitting under a canopy of trees, a breeze skipping through the leaves, were hundreds of eager writers and readers listening…

  • Telling Your Story

    Anatomy of the book

    The reading experience of a book is very different from reading on the screen. This is why I know that the printed book is a long way from death. It is a sensory experience to hold, smell, and look at a book. Because of this, the design of a book is something worth thinking about. It isn’t a matter of dumping all the content into the layout program, adding page numbers and the contents page. It’s helpful to get to know the language of book anatomy so that you can talk confidently to editors, book designers and printers. Format This is the finished size of the book. Most printers will…