[Tips and Tricks] Layout Silliness

Monkey Scribe

I’ve been doing book layouts for over a year now and I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks for doing it on the cheap without anything more fancy than Microsoft Word.

Here’s a few hints for my fellow self publishers…

1) Learn how to use Styles: Styles are invaluable for creating bookmarked PDFs and files for EPub and Kindle conversion. They also allow you to set fonts for all Headings at once which can be useful when removing fancy stuff from EPub files.

2) Automatic Paragraph Spacing: With the default “Normal” style for body text you get an automatic paragraph spacing look. With the exception of some game text like profiles this is really useful. If there is one thing that irritates the Hell out of me in Layout it is “run on errors” where due to an edit or a misplaced space lines run into each other or leave gaps at the top of the page. With Headings it is worth removing the Space Above option on the default as this means headings on the top of the page are slightly below where they should be.

3) Kindle and EPub Both of these have their own in built converters (on Amazon and Lulu Respectively) that are easy to use once you get the hang of them. As a rule of thumb it is best to switch fonts back to Times New Roman, remove columns and keep image use to minimum if at all. My initial practice of laying out the print as I go will probably be changed in favour of typing the whole thing out first because of this. Much easier than extracting the text from the draft file.

4) Title Page It Massively saves on Art Costs and layout time to simply put a grey scale version of your cover as the Cover Page for the print. EPub and Kindle of course do this automatically.

Hope these are of some help to those of you wanting to get started and I wish you all the best of luck.


[3rd Party/Fiction] Coming Soon- How to Lose Friends and Annihilate People

How To Lose Friends and Anihilate People

Perhaps the single weirdest manuscript ever submitted to a publisher in history Alex Wylie’s début novel takes apocalyptic fiction like Left Behind, Things to Come and I am Legend and gives it the surreal and hilarious kick in the nuts it so richly deserves.

Be prepared to see the world in a way no talking Bonobo with an iPod ever has before!

[Activism] A Thank You Letter to David Burrowes


Dear Mr Burrowes

My thanks for our helpful chat today, you clearly are a very sincere man and your compliance with the party line is clearly out of ignorance. I do not mean to be insulting in saying that, after all it was only a couple of months ago that I found out the full extent and impact of the existing reforms of ESA via various internet support groups and the work of the infamous “Keith Ordinary Guy.”

The Black Triangle Campaign has done sterling work documenting the abuses of this legislation including providing news from the horse’s mouth through the wonders of the internet.

The original UN Complaint is HERE though many have sent their own since then. I’d imagine some poor bureaucrat is sat under a pile of them at The Hague.

When it comes to their choice of name and their use of language you may well be appalled. As someone who was forced by our excuse of an education system to study Nazi Germany non stop for 4 years nobody believes in enforcing the famous “Godwin’s Law” (when you invoke Hitler you lose the argument) any more than me but what we are seeing here, whether the fault of ministers, ATOS or the Rhetoric of the tabloids is VERY reminiscent of the initial campaign waged by the German Coalition in 1933.

I attach the key screen shot from the FOI request which, being released on the internet, has been used in many picture memes against the WCA over the last few weeks.

Whether this is carelessness or maliciousness this has to stop. As I said my solution of transferring disability support to ACTUAL DOCTORS as part of the NHS rather than the DWP is probably impractical but the possibility should at least be explored.


Ian Warner

[Used Books] Update

Here is my updated Used books list

Prices remain

UK Shipping: £12 hardback, £10 Paperback

International Shipping: £15 Hardback £12 Paperback

new World of Darkness
Ghost Stories
Mysterious Places
Urban Legends
Midnight Roads
Shadows of Mexico
Shadows of the UK

Vampire the Requiem
Requiem for Rome
Ancient Mysteries
Ancient Bloodlines

Werewolf the Forsaken
Blood of the Wolf

Promethean the Created
Pandora’s Book

Changeling the Lost


Red Dwarf
Screen (Counts as Paperback)

Traveller (Mongoose Edition)
Babylon 5 (Paperback)

Deadlands Reloaded 1st Edition
The Flood
Coffin Rock (Paperback)

Necessary Evil 1st Edition

D20 Modern
Core Rules
Macho Women With Guns