How to choose a typesetter: 5 critical considerations

If you’re looking to hire a typesetter to improve the look and readability of your publication, you’ve landed in the right place. Not all typesetters have the skills, services, or timeframe needed to ensure your text is a success. In this article, we’ll cover five critical considerations to make as you decide which typesetter to [...]

Why does typesetting matter?

Unless you’ve written a book or worked in publishing or as a designer, you’ve probably never given typesetting a second thought. The thing is, proper typesetting is critical to an enjoyable and effortless reader experience – whether you’re publishing in print or digitally. What is typesetting? Typesetting refers to the design and arrangement text on [...]

The benefits of having a pet at work

  I would like to welcome and introduce our newest team member, Wilson. A quick google search shows a vast amount of research on the positive impact pets have on our lives and the benefits they bring to the workplace. But until you experience having a puppy at work it is hard to imagine how [...]

Is ‘The International Day of Happiness’ a great reason to buy a book?

March 20 is the ‘International Day of Happiness’, and until recently I didn’t know there was such a thing. In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognised happiness as a ‘fundamental human goal’ and called for ‘a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples’. [...]

Why doesn’t my ebook typesetting look like my printed book?

Like fashion, trends in the internal design and layout of books go through phases and some of the recent trends are not translating from print to ebook typesetting. One of the trends we are currently seeing for books, especially nonfiction business or self-help books is for them to be heavily styled. Using beautiful script fonts [...]

What is the manuscript submission process?

After months or even years writing and perfecting your manuscript, you feel ready to send it out to the wider world. You may have received great feedback from friends, family and writing colleagues but where to from here? Your first point of contact with the publishing world will be the manuscript submission process. Either to [...]

The state of the Australian book market

As we all know advancements in digital technology have changed the publishing industry forever. We constantly hear that print books are dead but does the current state of the Australian Book Market indicate otherwise? According to Think Australian 2016, published by Books+Published: ‘Books sales edged up in Australia for the second year in a row’. Sales [...]

A quick history of fonts and typefaces

Fonts and typefaces are one of those things we give little or no thought to in our everyday lives. They surround us daily, on street signs, billboards, movie posters, books, newspapers, sides of trucks and just about everything else we buy. Here is a brief history of typefaces. Typefaces are now over 560 years old [...]

Typesetting a book

It takes a certain kind of highly detail-oriented perfectionist to be a good typesetter, and typesetting a book is no easy task. Typesetting is key in making a print book. It comes after the editing and before the printing. It has to do with fonts, spacing, white space, chapter headings and things you don’t really [...]