PENCIL TO PRESS: How This Book Came To Be by Marjorie Spector

PENCIL TO PRESS: How This Book Came To Be

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Using her own book as model, Spector describes all the steps in a book's creation from the author's background, idea and outline through research (hers included watching books being made), writing and rewriting, down to the actual production. The author herself seems to lose interest when she reaches the mechanics, but those who want a general rundown of all stages of the process are duly served by her guidance (however pedestrian) through typesetting, dummies, blueprints, offset printing, signature sewing, etc. Spector even has a word for LC and SBN numbers, and such details as contracts and royalties, galleys and slugs, manuscripts and list prices are covered both in the text and in an appended glossary. Utilitarian.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1975
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard