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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Bullet list justified text looking odd
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on July 06, 2024, 05:21:56 AM »
Most word processors can make bulleted lists with uniform spacing automatically. A Post-Crisis D suggests, you also define tabs to force the text into that pattern, though that's a little more work.

Just for the sake of anyone else reading this, that's also why you define styles to control paragraph tabs. Spacing to create paragraph indents causes the same problem.
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Congrats on another release!  :clap:  :dance:
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Did you use defined tabs to set the spacing or actual spaces?  If the latter, that will almost always cause problems.

Not very clued up so probably used actual spaces  :icon_rolleyes:
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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Bullet list justified text looking odd
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on July 06, 2024, 03:09:21 AM »
Did you use defined tabs to set the spacing or actual spaces?  If the latter, that will almost always cause problems.
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I hate to be unkind, but is the top ship a mash-up of the 1978 and 2003 versions of Battlestar Galactica?
Mashup, no.

A deliberate usage of the core idea behind it, as detailed in my books.

It started as a modular exploration ship, inspired by BSG science fiction. The 5 main sections are detachable in case of catastrophic event. It's actually an excellent design for early on space exploration where the ship has no backup, and anything might go wrong in any part of the ship. All explained in the books.

I've already used a more advanced version of the shape in an earlier book from over a year ago, without comment from anyone. If it was going to be a problem, it should have been back then. I used three of them on the CAG cover.

The whole thing is pure homage, and while BSG is not named anywhere, the homage part is. The original description goes back to my first series, so 8 years ago now.

But I do a lot of homage references across all my books, some obvious, others not. So those who picked it would know what it was to me.
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I hate to be unkind, but is the top ship a mash-up of the 1978 and 2003 versions of Battlestar Galactica?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Really?
« Last post by PJ Post on July 06, 2024, 01:16:04 AM »
You know I'm going to say they're doing it wrong. Branding and social media, apart from our time, are pretty close to free.

And between free Grammarly, Word and your chatbot du jour, you should be able to get a nice edit. Have the chatbot summarize passages to make sure your themes are resonating and clear. Do character studies, lots of tools to help us publish pro work. DIY covers aren't that tough either, between AI images and the free or dirt cheap graphics programs out there, there's just no reason to pay that much anymore. It's not like we don't have a ton of examples to emulate.

I think a lot of self-publishers are still trying to follow the traditional marketing path (perhaps they're seeking validation) even though it hasn't really worked in years. The internet has moved on.
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I've no answer to that really.

I hit formatting problems in one of my early non-fiction books, and ended mocking it up how I wanted it to look, taking an image of it, and inserting the image. Hi res for the paperback, and low res for the eBook.

It was a lot of extra work, but it solved the formatting issues.

I'll have to consult with the printer as they might have the answer. I can see me trying to do it and messing up the rest of it  :icon_rolleyes:
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Unkind. Unbound Mercs book 5 is launching at the moment.

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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Re: Bullet list justified text looking odd
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 06, 2024, 12:46:06 AM »
I've no answer to that really.

I hit formatting problems in one of my early non-fiction books, and ended mocking it up how I wanted it to look, taking an image of it, and inserting the image. Hi res for the paperback, and low res for the eBook.

It was a lot of extra work, but it solved the formatting issues.
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