I’ll admit that as someone who has self-published both print and e-books, I have an advantage and can employ all the “tricks” and “inside information” when producing a book. But what if you wanted to take years of genealogical research and present it in printed book format to share with family and friends? How would you get started? Do you know the steps to be completed and the pitfalls of the self-publishing process?
With On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers by Elayne and Stephen Denker you’ll learn the ins and outs of creating a well-formatted and enjoyable family history book that your family will cherish for generations.
Highlights – An Abundance of Ideas and Formats
At 77 pages, you might think that this guide is “light” or doesn’t cover many self-publishing and formatting options. Not true! Inside you’ll find valuable information:
- Page Layout – a review of how to select fonts, set margins, add images and more.
- Page Design Examples – a gallery of different types of sections to include in your family history book such as pages with maps and data, cemeteries, family trees, etc.
- Software Tools – a review of basic concepts and how to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Photo Editor as well as how to scan images and text.
- Enhancing Documents – tips on the best methods of working with both digital photos and text.
- Large Format Records – the problem with large census sheets and other documents can be vexing even for experts; lots of good advice on how to include these items in your book.
The only issue I found in working with On Your Own: the Software Tools section needs to be updated and made current. I’d love to see an updated version of this guide that covers photo tools such as Picasa, GIMP and others. In addition, rather than covering just Microsoft Word, branch out to include Google Docs as well.
On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers by Elayne and Stephen Denker is more than just a handy “how to” guide for the DIY family history self-publisher. The authors show you their own publishing journey, complete with extensive illustrations. As you read, you’ll want to have a pen and paper handy to jot down ideas for your own family history book!
On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers is available in softcover format via Amazon and Maia’s Books.
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