I am in the process of wrapping up a 12 week curriculum. Writing is exciting to me, but to actually produce a book there are so many steps after the creative process.
Thankfully, I am blessed with many who help me along the way.
I have two sisters among them. One is an artsy designer. The other is a brainy programmer. They are the perfect combination for an ambitious-but-less-gifted gal like myself.
For example, as my younger, aesthetically-minded sister ran through one of my pages, she huffed at things like 'rags' and 'rivers.' She told me that is it no ok to let words break unnaturally as they wrap in fully justified text. As I struggled to keep up with all she was seeing--she can tell you the font and size of text down to the tenth just by looking at it--I figure out what she was talking about.
I have words at the end of the line being broken with a hyphen in the oddest of places. I hadn't known to check for things like that.
She is very sweet and co-
ol and I like her so much.
It is my other sister, who speaks all dialects of Computerese, who then tells me how to implement the Shift-Enter command to insert soft breaks in my text to fix all these ugly problems. She can recognize fonts on site, as well. She also knows every keystroke command in Computerdom.
How would I get by without such great family? All right, I better get back to work!