I can’t speak of all available self-publishing sources simply because I’m not interested in knowing them all. I have been very satisfied with the one I chose, for the most part. There have been little glitches I’ve had to overcome, but it often works out.
Since it’s a necessary procedure it has created a problem. I have to put my work on my little netbook to embed the fonts. Easy, right? Oops, different font used on iMac and not available on pc. Well, the change made by the publisher’s internal reviewer was acceptable so I left it.
Ah, not so fast. If something can glitch, it will.
Not everything comes through on the interior reviewer as I find, once again, the font is changed. Not acceptable this time. Query sent. Will the embedded font print or the font shown on the reviewer? Simple question, you’d think. Only needs a simple straight answer. But, alas, it’s not to be. A long rhetoric on the process did not include the semblance of a yes or no, or it will print the….
This time I answered their question: Did I answer your question? For the umpteenth time…no. Got great information, as always, most already known, but no answer. On my own again to figure it out.
My only recourse is to order the proof to see which font is printed. If it’s the one I accepted (which was not the one I wanted) then it’s okay. Next step, publish it. This will only take about a week…on hold…waiting. This will be the second proof. The first involved corrections on the illustrations, a different issue I’ll present later.
If it’s not the font I wanted, then I have to find a font common to both computers, hopefully not just Times New Roman. It’s a small child’s book. Once the font is changed and all the spacing corrected, especially around the illustrations, it’s once again embedded I have to go through the process again — upload, review the interior and the publisher’s review. Then order yet another proof to see how it all looks.
This started out as a simple story for a four year old with a theme I thought about before she was born. Yes, if wishes were ponies I’d have a herd I couldn’t manage.
I love my iMac, and I’m glad the Word 2011 on it is comparable with the Word 2010 on my little pc. It makes it easier, except for the embedding thing. My only other recourse is to save the manuscript as a PDF before uploading for my review. From what I understand of the extraneous convoluted explanations received in my query responses, it’s still no guarantee the font I want can be read, and thus printed.
I’m worried about my prequel to my trilogy. It has a lot of different fonts in it due to the calligraphy nature of the main character’s work. It’s set way in the past and was suggested by a well respected reader of the first few chapters. Good, thanks, that’s what I wanted to do. Glad to have someone else feel the same way. It fits the story, but I only hope it prints that way…the first attempt…please.
- Web Typography (smyck.net)
- Are there really 3 types of fonts in PDF files? (idrsolutions.com)
- Is The New iMac Too Thin? (macgasm.net)
- Typography, or What’s in a Font (lauralovesgeorge.wordpress.com)