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Wrestling with InDesign

Contrary to popular belief, I have not given up working on my new book, nor have I forgotten about this blog.  My spare time (what there is of it, anyway) has been consumed by updating the winery book for 2013.  Since I opted to go the independent publishing route, this means doing a lot of the formatting and mapmaking myself.

Why do this when I could probably hire someone to do it for me?  Well, two reasons, really.  The first has to do with concept and the second with cost.

When I first started working on the book two years ago, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to look like:  each chapter would start with a map of the wine region, and then each sub-chapter would begin with a more detailed map with roads, towns, and the specific locations of each winery.

Since there are nine wine regions in Virginia and multiple sub-areas, this translated to over 50 (!) maps for the book.  It also translated Continue reading


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