FAQs

If you have any questions which I don’t address here or elsewhere on the site, please feel free to ask.

Which industry-standard tools do you use to design books?

I use Adobe Creative Suite 6 for the Mac. I do all typesetting in InDesign. I use Photoshop for book covers and images. Sometimes I use Illustrator to build logos.

How long have you been doing this design/typesetting/website stuff? What are your credentials?

My entire adult life has been spent in the writing, editing, publishing industries. I love words and books, and I love to make things pretty.

I’ve been editing professionally since the early 1980s. I got my first Mac in 1991 and immediately learned to typeset using QuarkXPress (the industry standard back then) and Photoshop. I’ve continued to do freelance work since then, while also using those skills as an employee at a print shop, two publishing companies, and a software company.

In 2005, I learned about blogging and started doing basic Blogger designs. I now do WordPress theme customization because I think it’s fun. I also have experience with Joomla, Zen Cart and Open Cart.

I owned my own publishing company for 6 years, worked in a bookstore, and I read a lot. Some of the specifics can be found on LinkedIn, but I’m not very good at keeping that updated.

Why don’t you post a phone number?

1) I only have a cell and posting the number is begging for telemarketers to call me.

2) I’m much more efficient with email. If you tell me something over the phone, I might forget it. If you email me, I will remember it and respond.

3) I keep odd hours, working early in the morning and sometimes late at night. That’s one of the perks of being self-employed. Standard phone calling times don’t apply in my world. (I am also really, really bad at checking my voice mail.)

4) Once you’re a client, I will give you a phone number if you really want it, but please keep in mind that email is my preferred form of communication.