I had planned to do the saddle-stitch style, with 52 pages (the max allowed). I was also vaguely thinking of waiting and doing perfect binding, though it would cost a few dollars more to readers and wouldn't offer the immediate gratification of getting this done before leaving town. But I suspect poor Zak would rather have a few weeks to work on the image anyway, since he has to actually create it, rather than just assemble it. But whichever, 52 pages. Which I put together in MS Word, on a standard 8.5 x 11 page. What I don't understand is whether this means I have to also do the book in 8.5 x 11 pages? I'd much rather do either the comic (6.625 x 10.25) or standard paperback (5 x 8) size, but I just don't know if that's an option. Will the conversion handle that? Will it make my 12 pt. Verdana font unreadably tiny? (And if so, should I just give up on the saddle-stitch option, wait for perfect binding, and let the book be more like a 100 pages?)
Mary Anne's brain is feeling all muzzy and muddled at the moment.
Well, in any case, I've sent a draft off to Mike to try converting to PDF, so perhaps all this will be answered tomorrow. But if any of you wise folks wish to chime in, please do feel free!
One minor technical Word question; I wanted to put in running headings at the top, with my name on the left pages and the name of the book on the right pages, but I can't figure out a way to make Word 5.1 do that. Got frustrated enough messing with sections and trying to make it do that that I was tempted to just start all over in Quark, or better yet, FrameMaker -- but that seemed excessive. I can live without headings (the rest of the book looks so nice and neat and bookish), but if you do know how to handle this, please let me know!
Oh, and I added some more stuff, since I had 52 pages to play with. The current TOC:
- Esthely Blue
- Silence and the Word
- Johnny's Story
- Wild Roses
- Flowers and Branches
Still feeling awake, bizarrely enough. But I think I'd best put myself to bed; at least to reading in bed. I'm running on two hours of not even sleep -- just dozing. At some point, I'm sure I'm going to just fall over.