• 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…

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    Lizette

    Lizette stands in the doorway, the afternoon sun setting her hair ablaze. Faces look up at her, mesmerized by her firesome halo. She smiles, eyes crinkling at the corners, full lips pursed. She floats across the threshold, three silent children in tow. She bends over the back of the couch and drapes her arms around Janet, whispering something in her ear, mouth moist. They both laugh conspiratorially while Lizette eases herself onto the end of the couch. The children disappear into the shadows of the room. Jon leans forward to pick up a beer bottle from the coffee table, brushing Lizette’s upper arm. She tilts her head towards him, her…