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Perfect Pages: Self Publishing with Microsoft Word, or How to Design Your Own Book for Desktop Publishing and Print on Demand (Word 97-2003 for Windows, Word 2004 for Mac) [Anglais] [Broché]

Aaron Shepard
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1 janvier 2006

*************CURRENT VERSION: 1.11 (DECEMBER 2007)**************



Nowadays, new technologies and services have made it easier than ever to publish your book, but there's one question you may still face: Do I need an expensive page layout program, or can I just use a word processor like Microsoft Word? With this book as guide, you'll soon be producing pages from Word that no reviewer will scoff at.


Aaron Shepard is a foremost proponent of the new business of profitable self publishing through print on demand, which he has practiced and helped develop since 1998. Unlike most authorities on self publishing, he makes the bulk of his living from his self-published books -- not from consulting, speaking, freelance writing, or selling publishing services. In a parallel life, Aaron is an award-winning children's author with numerous books from publishers large and small.


"On target . . . . Concisely addresses a lot of topics that Word users need to know about." -- James Felici, author, The Complete Manual of Typography

"Excellent not only as a guide to using Word to design books, but also as a concise guide to book design." -- Morris Rosenthal, author, Print-on-Demand Book Publishing

"If you are a self-publisher, the biggest favour you can possibly do for yourself is to learn how to present your work to its best possible advantage. And in that regard, Aaron Shepard is an invaluable aid." -- Michael Allen, Grumpy Old Bookman, Apr. 17, 2007

"If you want to use MS Word for typesetting, you really, really should own a copy of Aaron Shepard's book Perfect Pages. Nobody knows more about making Word produce acceptably typeset books." -- Walt Shiel, From the Publisher's Desk, Aug. 27, 2007

"If you want to make your layout and formatting as unproblematic as possible and you don't want to shell out $1-$2k for someone else to do it for you, then add this book to your library. . . . Using this book, I've found page layout pretty fun and now look forward to that part of the process." -- Zoe Winter, Indie Books Journal (blog of IndieReader.com), Apr. 12, 2010

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  • Broché: 158 pages
  • Editeur : Shepard Publications (1 janvier 2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0938497332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497332
  • Dimensions du produit: 22,9 x 15,2 x 0,9 cm
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'Perfect Pages' de Aaron Shepard est le meilleur livre (sans doute le seul livre) qui enseigne ses lecteurs les pièges de la publication assistée par ordinateur. J'ai publié mes premiers deux livres avec une société d'autoédition. Si j'avais lu 'Perfect Pages' d'abord, je ne l'aurais fais. Je les aurais publiés moi-même. Heureusement, je peux publier plus de livres dans l'avenir sans être obligé de payer quelqu'un qui pourrait le faire pour moi.

Je n'avais pas besoin de chaque pièce d'information que ce livre explique. Shepard parle des différences de MS Word entre Windows et le Macintosh, etc. Mais l'information dont j'avais besoin valait le prix du livre. Par exemple, je ne savais pas comment concevoir le format d'un livre pour le faire acceptable comme un archive PDF prêt à imprimer.

Shepard explique aussi comment créer des couvertures de livre en Word, quelque chose que je croyais être impossible. Bien qu'il suggère mettre un document avec deux rubriques, j'ai inventé mon propre méthode. Après pratiquer un peu, j'ai appris à créer des couvertures en Word et en PowerPoint. Après créer une couverture en PowerPoint, l'image peut se transférer en Word.

Si vous utilisez Word 2007, vous aurez peut-être des problèmes. Shepard explique à utiliser les anciennes versions de Word. Il recommande Word 2000 et 2003. Je suis d'accord. Ces versions sont plus faciles, et il y a peu différences entre elles. Word 2007 est tout à fait différent. Cependant, 'Perfect Pages' peut toujours vous aider.

Brandon Simpson
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Makes self-publishing affordable for everyone 4 mars 2006
Par Brian B - Publié sur Amazon.com
When I decided to self-publish my first book, I was intimidated by how expensive it was going to cost to buy Page Maker and I also didn't want to spend a month learning how to use it properly. Luckily, I found Aaron's ebook on Amazon and it made it possible for me to use Word and create a professional book that was accepted by the bookstores (they have a very high standard for quality print work). Now that I'm working on my second self-published book, I'm happy to see that Aaron's ebook has been updated in a paperback format. Just like the ebook, this book is essential for learning how to use Word to professionally produce your book.

The biggest benefit of Aaron's book is his experience with using both the MS and Mac versions of Word for self-publishing. He doesn't just tell you how to set the necessary properties and list the steps to perform, he also tells you the "gotchas" that can catch you off guard. His advice can save you many hours of headaches. For example, when I wrote my last book, I didn't take the advice of "Don't use Master pages. Buy more memory if necessary to store the entire book in one file." Stupid me, I used Master pages instead and literally lost most of my hair as I watched Word continuously corrupt my documents and lose my hard work. Even some of my backups were corrupted! What I do now is that as I write the book I keep each chapter in a separate file and store it in its own folder on my harddrive (with all supporting documents). When I'm ready to print the final version I copy and paste everything into one HUGE file (over 500 pages) and print that. That works much better and I haven't lost anymore hair since. ;-)

Another benefit is that he points out the differences between using Print On Demand services versus a commercial printing press. There are important layout decisions you need to know about.

A couple things I thought were missing is that at the end of the book he lists great resources to check out, but in my opinion he doesn't empahsize James Filici's book on typography enough. I feel that this book should be read first because is has so much great informatin about typography in it. Secondly, I didn't see any mention of where to get Postscript fonts. If you check Adobe's website, they have an introductory set of fonts that give you everything you need and its much cheaper than buying individual fonts. Search for "Adobe Type Basics".

Overall, this book is just what you need to print professional quality books without using PageMaker or Quark Express. It will save money as well as future headaches.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Self-publishing with Microsoft Word 6 février 2006
Par Mike Wickham - Publié sur Amazon.com
I just received my copy of Aaron Shepard's new book, _Perfect Pages, Self Publishing with Microsoft Word_. It's an update of his former e-book, _Books, Typography, and Microsoft Word_.

I don't normally recommend Word for page layout. I prefer to use Word for writing, and then pump the manuscript into a proper page layout program for final book production. But then, I create heavily illustrated books, something Word just can't handle. Still, Word is perfectly capable of producing a simple, text-only book, if one knows what he is doing-- but not using the default Word settings! Luckily, Aaron Shepard knows what he is doing.

In _Perfect Pages_, Aaron does a great job of showing the user how to alter Word's defaults so that it produces professional looking text. He shows them how to use the program to format pages and how to avoid the typical typographic blunders that identify a publisher as an amateur. He explains styles and templates, and even shows how to create a simple book cover. I also like that he's not afraid to point out Word's limitations, even noting differences between versions and OS platforms. The information on preparing for press is indispensable for any newby publisher.

All in all, it's a great book for any self-publisher who is on a tight budget and can't justify the purchase of expensive page layout software. Even those who recommend true page layout software for book design can find useful tips in here for improving the performance of Word, or the typography of their own publications. Heck, I even learned that straight quotes were not the best choice to represent inches and feet. There are actually prime and double prime symbols available.

I highly recommend _Perfect Pages_.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The perfect gift for a small press or self-publisher 28 mars 2007
Par Lupa - Publié sur Amazon.com
I picked this up along with the author's "Aiming At Amazon" since the small press I work with is POD and works with Word and Lightning Source (as does Shepherd) so I figured this would be an excellent educational tool for the basics of layout.

This really is an excellent introduction to the basics laying out a book in Microsoft Word (2003 and older--the 2007 update hasn't appeared yet, but it's on my want list!). Everything from properly sizing pages to tweaking text to make it look nicer is covered. The author's writing style is clear without being loaded with jargon, and he manages to describe visuals without pictures quite effectively.

There are a few things missing that I would have like to have seen covered. For example, he doesn't explain how to deal with the invisible, nonembeddable fonts that can make Lightning Source send your manuscript back to you for reformatting, nor does he explain the various formatting marks that you may have to go through if something doesn't turn out right. Additionally, his main focus seems to be the bare-bones approach to layout, rather than covering the little details that can make POD look just as good, if not better, than traditionally printed books.

However, I have found this to be an absolutely invaluable guide to basic layout. Shepherd is an expert at POD, and this is a definite plus for any POD publisher or self-publisher's bookshelf.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Perfect Pages": a clear and accessible guide for book creation 8 mars 2006
Par K. Bell - Publié sur Amazon.com
I enjoyed Aaron Shepard's "Perfect Pages", a clear and accessible guide for book creation using Microsoft Word instead of expensive publishing software. Shepard shows that Word actually has some advantages for publishers, tells how to make Word do what's needed, while avoiding some of Word's hazards. Thus the book delivers worthwhile Word tips for novices and experts alike---and there are more web resources at the end of the book---but it's more than that, because a book is more than a manuscript: it has to look good and read easily. "Perfect Pages" covers the details (fonts, typography, trim sizes, formatting, covers, generating PDF files, common errors . . .), showing how to make manuscripts into attractive and readable books. The book provides the ideal bridge between a Word software manual and a publishing manual (such as Morris Rosenthal's) that teaches business and strategic decisions. "Perfect Pages" is a gracefully written book that wastes few words, and minces none.

The book will be helpful to authors, in-house publishers, students preparing theses, and others.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect Pages is Perfect! 30 janvier 2006
Par Joel Heffner - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you have ever considered self-publishing a book and didn't know how to get it ready for publication you must read this little book! Aaron Shepard provides everything you need to format your own book using...Microsoft Word. You will see how you can do everything using Word. The book itself is an example of how a book can look when you follow his advice. You will not be sorry if you get this book. You will use it for reference often. This one is a definite keeper for any writer who is even thinking about writing a book and publishing it themselves.
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