[scribus] Having a Book Published

Michael Coughlin coughlin at cheqnet.net
Fri Sep 12 05:17:25 UTC 2014

Dear Bob:

I read your note about your publishing work.  I am reminded that you
generously responded to my earlier requests for help about using Scribus to
publish a book.  I haven't forgotten your kindness.  I still do not have the
book finished, but your encouraging words have stuck with me.  I wish I
could help you with the questions you raised, but I am a novice at this
electronic publishing business.  Just don't agree to pay for more books than
you reasonably expect you can sell. Hawking books is a difficult process, as
I have learned over the years.  I understand you are tired of the work
involved, but unless you want to dish out some up-front dollars on the hope
that you can sell your books, I would encourage you to keep at your present
program and just consider it a form of entertainment rather than as a

The best to you, and thanks,

Mike Coughlin

-----Original Message-----
From: bobparham at comcast.net [mailto:bobparham at comcast.net] 
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:12 PM
To: Scribus List
Subject: [scribus] Having a Book Published

I have recently completed my autobiography, a book containing 300+ pages and
70+ illustrations. I did this with Scribus, converting each chapter and
Cover into a .pdf file which resulting in 25+ .pdf files. I started the book
over three years ago using, I believe, vs. 1-3-12 later going to 1-4-0. I
have printed 72 copies of the book and had a caregiver, with my instruction,
bind all these books using "perfect binding". I have, at this point, sold 65
copies which have been well received. Financially, I have come out alright
since the biggest cost item is ink and I get ink cartridges for my Canon
printer at a fraction of the cost for OEM cartridges. However, at 87 years
old I am tired of all the work involved and am ready to try to get a
publisher to take it over. (The copyright has been registered) I have some
questions regarding this process.

(1)I have not "collected for output" and though I have read a number of
articles I am still not completely certain about the process.

(2)Should I combine files in order to reduce the number of files? If so, how
would I go about doing this?

(3)I have read that some publishers require a resolution of at least 300 dpi
for photos. Not all mine do since I had to hunt for photos for illustrating
wherever I could find them.

(4)A good many of the photos are in color. Should I convert some to
grayscale in order to cut cost?

(5)The files are all PDF 1.3.

I would appreciate any assistance I can get in pursuing this goal. Since
this is not all Scribus oriented I will be happy to receive tips and
information directly by email if someone so desires.


Bob P.


*People may forget what you did and people may forget what you said but
people will never forget how you made them feel.**



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