I Published a Book!

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My latest project, of which I am just a little bit proud, was publishing a book.

Well, sort of.

Originally I had an assignment for a document design class I took at Grand Valley. I had to edit, design, and publish a book on Lulu.com, an independent, online publishing/printing site. I was pretty excited about the prospect of being a published editor (it counts, okay?) and decided to go above and beyond to create something I would actually put on my bookshelf.

It has been a couple months since that class ended, but I finally got around to making some changes and ordering a hard copy of my book. (It feels super cool to say MY book, as in, something I created. Can you tell I am geeking out about this?)

So, here it is. This is just a picture I snapped on my phone, but you can find the book here. There is a preview option available, where you can see the full cover and a bit of the inside, including the intro.

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This is pretty short at 118 pages, as I was rather particular about which stories should be included. It is available for sale, because I figured family and possibly some friends might want it, but I’m not exactly expecting to profit from it. Publishing this and having it available for people to order just feels more official.

Lastly, I hope this helps someone discover or rediscover what a joy it is to read Oscar Wilde. His stories are often ironic, and his writing style is one of my favorites. As always, if anyone has feedback, it is more than welcome.

A quick note: I used Indesign and Microsoft Word to make the book, and other copyright information is on the copyright page. Also, the preview function on Lulu shows the text slightly cut off. I can verify, having a hard copy, that it doesn’t actually print this way.

 

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Business Card Via InDesign

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I recently designed a personal business card. I decided to create it from scratch, using Adobe InDesign, which is an incredibly useful tool for all things document design. Lately I have become fairly familiar with the software, as I’ve been using it for school. I have used it to create an event flier, brochure, and take out menu, and at the moment am designing a short story collection, but more on that later.

Even as a student, it’s a good idea to have a business card, because it shows that extra step of professionalism and hard work. I found out that it does take a good amount of effort to create something as seemingly simple as a business card.

Here is what the file looks like on InDesign:

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Cooley, A. (April 6, 2017). Business Card Screenshot [Screenshot]. 

For privacy, I left my actual email and phone number off, but you can still see the overall design, as well as the layout of InDesign. (The social media handle shown is my real one, since my social media is mostly public.)

I used the snipping tool to capture the two colors on my website (that’s the image to the left of the actual card shown above), so that my business card could fit with my overall theme. This was an attempt to maintain my own recognizable brand.

Here is the final result of my two-sided business card:

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Cooley, A. (April 6, 2017). Business Card Public [JPEG].

I am planning on adding to this in the future, once I have a professional job. However, I think it’s a pretty good start, and I hope it flows well with my website.

One last note, InDesign is very useful to know your way around. If you are familiar with Microsoft Publisher, like I was, it isn’t too hard to pick up. When I don’t know how to do something, I can almost always find a helpful YouTube tutorial.

I would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback about the design of my business card.