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Layout can include:

  • design
  • typesetting
  • formatting

Design

The design of a book, ebook, catalogue, manual, brochure, website or product can make or break it.

No matter what anyone tells you, Microsoft Word is not a design program. Yes, I know it has all sorts of bells and whistles and can make a document look pretty, but its templates were not designed by professional designers. Some of the features of Microsoft Word that have become ubiquitous are just plain wrong, such as the use of Times New Roman. This font was designed for newspapers, and is much better suited to narrow columns than to ebooks, books, catalogues, manuals or even websites.

Having said that, of course I can make your Word document pretty and as professional as it can get despite its limitations, but its design capabilities are limited.

Designers are often called desktop publishers. I have a qualification in Graphic Design (Desktop Publishing) and have designed brochures, greeting cards, wrapping paper, booklets, books, forms, itineraries and other specialised items.

Typesetting

Typesetting is the process of preparing text and images for publication, typically using a dedicated typesetting program such as InDesign, Quark or LaTex. This is specialised work, and there are many aspects to making your work the best it can be, including margin size, font choices, layout, widows/orphans, leading (spaces between lines), image preparation and placement, and preparation of the final product for printing or publishing on the internet.

You will waste your time if you hire an amateur to do this work for you. I am qualified in software used by professionals in this field, as well as in graphic design and, of course, in the editorial requirements for publishing.

I use InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. I can also use Quark, Pagemaker and Publisher, if required. I do not use LaTex. Microsoft Word, no matter what its proponents say, is not meant to be a typesetting program, although I am an expert in formatting Word documents. If you are publishing a book, catalogue, manual or journal, I would strongly recommend using dedicated typesetting software. But I will ‘typeset’ in Word if I can't convince you otherwise.

Formatting

Formatting typically means formatting a document for a specific purpose, usually in a word processing program. The types of work I usually do under this category are bibliography formatting, thesis/dissertation formatting and preparation of manuscripts to send to publishers for typesetting.

Types of materials I work on

  • ebooks
  • books
  • academic articles, books and theses/dissertations
  • manuals
  • elearning materials
  • catalogues
  • newsletters
  • spreadsheets

See my Portfolio for an idea of the range of work I have done.

Here are some examples of my layout and design work.

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