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question.gif posted on 2/27/2011 at 10:52 PM
Updated to include LINDSAY. Michy? Anybody? I need help.


I need help. While I continue to plug away at my articles (mainly for AC, DS and TF), I have yet again pulled out my "work in progress" craft book proposal that I have been tinkering with forever. I do make progress each time I work on it, but I continue to have questions that I can't seem to find the answers to. As much as I would hate it, the answers may bury the whole idea once and for all.

I have had craft article/projects published in print magazines and books, but they have been one at a time and the projects were not huge or heavy. You see, I had to mail my finished projects to the publishers and send the same postage to have them returned to me. My craft book idea has a variety of big, small and fragile projects. The most troubling for me is the furniture. I can not ship dressers, chairs, tables...to a publisher. The other problem is the pictures of the steps. I take my own pictures as I go.

So...will a craft book publisher even be interested in a craft book if I take my own photos? or will they reject it straight away? What is the process? What is the procedure? I have several books in my library with large, heavy projects in them. I can not believe these designer/authors shipped them to a publisher. They also have step by step photos.

There is much discussion about the pros and cons of self published ebooks, and while I think that would probably be easier (not to imply it is easy), I have always wanted to publish a book that could be toted to the workshop or opened on the counter, easily consulted when needed.

Also, I have ran into this title/term during my research. Technical editor. What is a technical editor?

I have other questions, but I think I'll wait and see what these answers are first. Thanks.


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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 10:56 AM


Cyndee, the big question regarding the photos is going to be quality. For print quality, they need to be at least 300 dpi and good quality.

Not sure if a publisher would like the idea, but I imagine they would...and if the hang up is about the pictures, they can usually work around it or send a photographer to you. When Thor was in college, a wood-working magazine contact him to do a headshot of a local man who wrote a wood-working column for them. They made the arrangements and the photographer and the writer showed up at the same place and took the pictures.

Other than that, Thor dealt directly with the publisher and not with the writer, including getting paid ($500 for one picture).

A technical editor, in most cases, edits the technical details. I have a friend who is a technical editor at AT&T and she literally talks to the techies and translates techie into English :)




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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 11:08 AM


Cindy's covered you mostly. The photos will really just depend on the quality - 300dpi is an absolute must, and when you have the image at full size 100%, it cannot be grainy or pixellated.

As she said, they can and do send photographers to you - so some of your project's end results can be done after the fact, but they can also send a photog to you to have you re-create some of the crafts.

For query's, you can offer photos instead of shipping the furniture - photos or videos should be good enough for queries to larger markets. They aren't going to expect you to ship them every project you put into a book. Mostly, they'll just want to verify you are able to do the things you say you can do, since you're writing it as an expert in that field.

If a publisher likes your idea, your proposal flys with them, they will set up the necessary pictures and project stuff needed to get what they want with the images. They don't have to use yours at all - but if yours are good quality, I bet they will.

As for the technical editor, this is the person who makes sure your technical terms, advice, recommendations, etc, are all accurate, true, work, and are legal to use (no trademark infringement, etc.) Almost all non-fiction books will have a technical editor of sorts assigned to it.

Keep going on it... you'll find the right home for it and it will work.

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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 08:09 PM


I got a new camera for Christmas. It's not fancy. It might even be scoffed at by professional (and some amateur) photographers, but I love it. I have since learned a few new tricks. I even learned how to resize photos for this forum. That is something I was not able to do with my old camera.

I have spent the day trying to figure out how to alter the attributes of my photos to 300 dpi. From what I have researched and read, I should be able to do this, but I will need photo editing software. That's fine, cause I would love to do other things too. Can anyone (Lindsay?) suggest an inexpensive photo editing software? I have even scanned Ebay for possible choices. There are many. Soooo many that my head hurts. I am kinda out of my element, but I want to play. Help!




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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 08:26 PM


http://www.paint.net/

This is free. It does almost all the same things photoshop will do.

BUT you really can't manipulate a photo UP in DPI after it's been taken. You have to get the camera to take it at the highest resolution possible and then your photo editing software can change it down.




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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 09:29 PM


This is seriously cool! Thanks, Michy!

I'm off to play some more!




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[*] posted on 2/28/2011 at 09:54 PM


I know. I was stocked when I found it years ago and couldn't afford photoshop. It did pretty much everything photoshop did and I was able to play with it and learn a lot! I have photoshop now, and it's a great program, but sometimes for quick stuff, I use paint.net because it's faster and easier.

I'm not an expert on paint.net, but I'm pretty good at it, so if you have any questions, I might be able to help you. My son loooves the program and won't even touch photoshop 'cause he says it's too complicated.

I"m glad you like it! Open source stuff just rocks!




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[*] posted on 3/1/2011 at 12:33 AM


Sorry I was late to the game!

Another one is Gimp... but it's crazy complicated.

Good luck, Cyndee!






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[*] posted on 4/14/2011 at 09:58 PM


Paint Shop Pro and Photo Shop Elements are both programs that aren't too expensive and will do what you want. I use them for my photography all the time.
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[*] posted on 4/15/2011 at 08:21 AM


If there is anything I can do to help with photo editing let me know.



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