How to Write And Publish Your Family Book

Genealogy Publishing Service has provided guidance to authors since 1986 by publishing a guide for authors. Whether this is your first book or your third, this guide will be of benefit to you.

This book contains answers for practically any questions that might arise during the course of getting your book ready for publication.

This latest revision includes a section on family charts created in Family Tree Maker©.

This book is a great value for the novice or advanced Author!

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Table of Contents

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  • General Information
  • Terms

Getting Started

  • General Guidelines
  • Organizing Your Data
  • Manuscript Outline
  • Preparing Manuscript Outline
  • Wills, Deeds, Etc.
  • Generation Codes and Numbering Systems
  • Time Limits
  • Generating Interest
  • Boast About Ancestors

Writing the Draft Manuscript

  • Early Thoughts
  • Chapter Paragraphing
  • Footnotes
  • Photographs
  • Maps and Drawings
  • Preface
  • Draft preparation Review

The Camera Ready Manuscript

  • Another Decision
  • Typesettting Costs
  • Paragraph Indention
  • Number of Columns
  • Margins
  • Typefaces and Fonts
  • Manuscript Paper
  • formatting for Photographs
  • Page Numbering
  • Images
  • Alphabetical Index

Printing Your Book

  • General Information
  • Copyright
  • Book Covers
  • Book Trim Sizes
  • Book Text Paper
  • Dust Jackets
  • Bluelines
  • Number of Copies
  • Setting the Sales Price
  • Printing Costs
  • Production Schedules
  • Other Types of Boolks
  • Glossary of Terms

Selling and Marketing Your Book

  • Pre-Prepublication Notices
  • Prepublication Notices
  • Book Reviews
  • Magazine Advertising
  • Internet
  • Family Newsletters
Appendix A
Graphics and Charts
  • Descendant Charts
  • Pedigree Charts

Appendix B
Typefaces and Fonts

  • Sample Fonts and Typefaces

Appendix C
Page Layout

  • Layout Margins

Appendix D
Paragraph Numbering

  • Suggestions for numbering

Appendix E
Sample Text pages

  • Examples of text pages

Appendix F
Sample Alphabetical Index

  • Sample Index Pages


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