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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: is the book world turning against Goodreads?
« Last post by Lynn on February 20, 2024, 02:41:22 PM »
Another reason for authors to stay away from Goodreads.

‘God forbid that a dog should die’: when Goodreads reviews go bad
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/17/god-forbid-that-a-dog-should-die-when-goodreads-reviews-go-bad

Good article. :D Personally, I often don't even remember that Goodreads exists.
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Formatting paragraphs question
« Last post by Lynn on February 20, 2024, 10:59:23 AM »
In Word, if you want to adjust letter spacing, go into the Font settings for some selected text (such as the line that is giving you problems), and choose Character Spacing under Advanced. Then select Expanded or Condensed and input as small a number as you can to get the results you want. If you expand, it will fill the empty space better, and if you contract, it might allow another word to flow onto the line and make it look better.

To the naked eye in print, small adjustments are hardly noticeable, yet they can significantly improve the look of justified text. If you make large adjustments, it can look weird, so it's best to be conservative. You can adjust in 0.1 pt increments, the last time I checked.
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Formatting paragraphs question
« Last post by The Bass Bagwhan on February 20, 2024, 10:49:01 AM »
Thanks everyone, food for thought. I'm not too fussed so I'll probably not invest in the pricey software just to fix the issue. But the kerning thing worth looking into — thanks.
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Proofreading - now booking for March
« Last post by Alexa on February 20, 2024, 07:20:08 AM »
I have two open slots in March!
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Thanks! I'd love for you to join again. You still have till March 14 to sign up if it's done.

I was planning on adding an additional preorder title myself, but my cover might not be ready yet.
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Formatting paragraphs question
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on February 20, 2024, 03:46:41 AM »
If you're using professionally-produced fonts, they likely have the kerning built-in, so long as your formatting application recognizes it.

That's one of the slow parts of developing a font.  Once you've finished creating all the glyphs, you need to working on the kerning.  Some font developers, especially those offering free or inexpensive fonts, won't bother with the kerning.


Is there a fine-tuning trick in formatting the paragraph to achieve this? I'm using the latest Word.

The "trick" is to not use Word for formatting for print.  For optimal results, you want something like InDesign, QuarkXpress or maybe even Scribus.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 20, 2024, 02:56:54 AM »
That might be a timesaver, though AI still can't do me as well as I can do me, so it would depend on how much correcting I had to do.

Also, I'd need to make sure that my training AI on my voice didn't give anyone else access to my voice.
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Formatting paragraphs question
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 20, 2024, 02:54:42 AM »
Yes, kerning is one of the things that can be manually addressed.

As I recall though, it is a very time-consuming process. That's where formatting programs come in.

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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Formatting paragraphs question
« Last post by RiverRun on February 20, 2024, 01:54:58 AM »
I think what you need is called kerning, which is changing the spaces between characters. I googled it and found this.

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Kern the characters that are above a particular size

Kerning refers to the way spacing between two specific characters is adjusted. The idea is to give a better looking result by reducing the spacing between characters that fit together nicely (such as "A" and "V") and increasing the spacing between characters that don't.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/change-the-spaces-between-text-e9b96011-1c42-45c0-ad8f-e8a6e4a33462

I've always been a little fuzzy on this myself and don't usually bother about it. But I know it's a thing. Maybe the link above will help you get started.


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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by PJ Post on February 20, 2024, 12:04:36 AM »
You can also train AI on your own voice. So many options.
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