Sunday, April 26, 2009

From a blog to a book - 3 posts in 4 pages

All along I've been sharing examples of how the finished products look, but today you get to come along and see where that information comes from - what the blog posts look like and how I come up with the final page design. You'll see that good book design isn't just about the layouts, it's about the text as well.

Take a look at this post called "The cloth diaper verdict is in" (Notice the words "Here are my lovely models...." under the picture that I chose as the focal picture of this layout.)

I changed the words in the book to say, "on the opposite page my models..." (another example of the detailed attention your book will receive)

This is a lengthy post so it takes up 3 pages in fit it all in - all but the slide show images. If your blog has slide shows and you want any of those images included in your book, you'll need to email the picture to me and I'll be happy to put it in your book.

The original text for the next post is as follows:

Thirteen Changes our family has made in the past few months
1…. We switched to cloth diapers (see yesterday's post)
2 . We use glass baby bottles instead of plastic
3 . We decided to wait to vaccinate our children until they
are older (see older post about this)
4 . We switched pediatricians
5 . We don't use the microwave anymore
6 . We stopped using the bottle warmer (It breaks glass bottles)
7 . I make Julia's baby cereal now instead of using boxed rice and oatmeal
8 . We use mostly glass dishes and stay away from plastic if at all possible
9 . We packed away the sippy cups and Sam uses water bottles or big boy cups
10. We started potty training Sam
11. We put ourselves on a tight budget in hopes of reducing our debt
12. We started putting Julia to bed on her tummy instead of her back now that she can roll herself back over when she wants
13. We stopped using a nebulizer to treat Sam's colds. (Frequent trips to the
Chiropractor and Marshmallow root drops have eliminated the need for it.)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Notice that the extras have been excluded from the final layout. You do have the option of having footnotes for any links you want to be able to visit again, but in this case the post has been stripped to the bare bones. Links are added as footnotes at the bottom of the post, typically in 10 point italic font.

It might seem odd to put the Thursday Thirteen post with this one, but in blogging, not all posts are related to each other. In fact, subject matter often jumps from topic to topic, but it is still possible to make the book cohesive with the use of consistent font patterns and sufficient white space. Here is another example of pages with multiple posts per page.

These particular pages are not dated. Some clients ask for each post to have a date, while others ask for them to be added weekly or monthly to give readers a general idea of the time line of events. I should also add, that one of the very best ways to save space is to opt for the later option. Not only does it eliminate the need for one more line of text, it allows me to shuffle posts here and there to maximize space.

Hopefully these examples give you a better idea of how I turn a blog into a book. If there are other blog book topics that you'd like me to cover feel free to ask!



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First 50 pages - $200
Each additional page - $2
Deposit - $100
(Shipping included)

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First 50 pages - $400
Each additional page - $2
Deposit $100
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