Pheil: Be your own publisher
Time for Cake
Website of the Week: Blurb.com
The people behind Blurb.com set out to create a set of products and services that enable normal, everyday people like you and me to make a “bookstore quality, graphically-rich (photos, illustrations, graphics of any kind) book, get it printed, and then share and sell it if so desired.”
Set out they did, and achieve that vision — well, they did that, too.
At Blurb.com you can choose from seven different book sizes along with a variety of paper stocks, cover types (hardcover with dust jacket, imagewrap hardcover and softcover), linen finishes and end-sheet options. And if you’d prefer to publish an eBook, magazine or brochure instead of a book, they’ve got you covered there as well.
Oh, the possibilities! How about an instagram book showing all your gorgeous shots? A Facebook book to capture your biggest moments for the ages? A memories book filled with photos, poems and letters for mom’s birthday? A gorgeous planner or notebook you can give to your customers as a thank-you gift (one they’ll actually appreciate and use)? A portfolio book that displays your very best work? A wedding book? Cookbook?
If you’ve ever had any interest in making your own book, visit http://www.Blurb.com and have fun!
Apologies to Mac Users Regarding Last Week’s Duplicated Styles Tip
For any Mac users who found last week’s tip (regarding duplicating styles in Microsoft Word) didn’t work so well for them, please accept my apologies.
Reader Glese Verlander was kind enough to write in and share how last week’s quick-tip didn’t have the effect it should have on her Mac, and then was double-kind enough to share her preferred method of duplicating styles.
First, three cheers to Glese for being such a generous person, and three cheers to you, dear reader, for accepting my apologies for last week’s glitch and any inconveniences it caused.
Now, here’s Glese’s preferred, mouse-only method of duplicating styles and reformatting chunks of text (color, font, size, etc.) in Microsoft Word on a Mac:
1) Under View, choose Print Layout
2) Highlight the text that has the formatting you wish to copy
3) In your standard toolbar, click on the paintbrush icon
4) Finally, highlight the text that has the formatting you wish to change — and voilà!
If you’re looking to change multiple chunks of text, you can double-click the paintbrush icon and then highlight each portion of text you want to change to the new formatting. When you’ve finished, simply click the paintbrush again to turn this functionality off.
Erin Pheil is the owner of TimeForCake Creative Media—the Web Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit the timeforcake website at http://www.timeforcake.com or email Erin at email@example.com.
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