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Los Angeles Union Station, color enhanced photographs

Los Angeles Union Station, color enhanced photographs

Los Angeles Union Station opened in May 1939 and is known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States.

 
The grand building is still used as a major Southern California transportation hub with long-distance, regional, and commuter trains and several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines.

 
A group of architects led by John Parkinson and Donald B. Parkinson combined several architectural styles: Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne.

 

The Parkinsons designed many other landmark buildings in Los Angeles, including Los Angeles City Hall, Bullocks Wilshire, and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

 

Los Angeles Union Station is one of my favorite buildings to photograph. The color enhanced photographs below are just a sampling of the treasures to be found and enjoyed.

 

Main entrance

 

 

Union Station Information Desk, main entrance

“Track 4, Platform A” sign

 

Tracks below Union Station

 

Arch over a doorway in the main lobby

 

Arrivals sign, main lobby

 

Ceiling with chandeliers

 

Harvey House Restaurant at Union Station

 

Stairwell, colorized photograph

 

Passageway to Trains, Bus Plaza, and Union Station East

 

Traxx Restaurant, main lobby

 

Original ticketing area

Women’s restroom

 

Entrance to Metro Red Line

 

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Andrea Reider Design

Andrea Reider Design

I’m just about ready to go to press with my new Andrea Reider Design brochure. I’m expanding my services to offer copywriting and editing in additional to graphic design for print and web.

The final printed version will be trifold on glossy paper.

I’d appreciate any comments or suggestions!

Andrea

 

 

 

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New Book Designs, Chapter Openers

New Book Designs, Chapter Openers

As a book designer, typesetter, and layout artist, I produce print and e-books for traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.

The history of publishing is one of constant evolution and adaptation. But the goal remains the same: to produce beautiful books with designs that look great and are easy to read.

These are a few of my newest book chapter opener designs available to be customized for your books:

 

 

 

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Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

Print on Demand with Amazon’s self-publishing powerhouse, CreateSpace, is one of the easiest and best ways to self publish books today. There are virtually no upfront costs to the author or publisher for having books printed and ready for sale on Amazon. Authors can also purchase their printed books from CreateSpace for sale outside of Amazon for about $4.00-$7.00 per copy, depending on book size and length.

Another great feature of CreateSpace is that you can easily produce your e-books through the site. CreateSpace doesn’t charge a fee for their automatic conversion process of your print book to the Kindle format from the PDF file. The conversion to process Kindle works best if you can upload a Word file of the interior text set to specifications that are posted on the CreateSpace website.

To summarize the self publishing process:

  1. Books must be typeset to CreateSpace specifications and submitted as a PDF file through their website, with a separate PDF file of the book cover (front/spine/back) laid out to specifications. My main work for the past twenty years has been designing and typesetting books for print. I work in Adobe InDesign to lay out the pages of a book for print and then use the InDesign files to create the EPUB e-book edition.
  2. There are several ways to create an e-book to sell on Amazon and other sites. CreateSpace can create the Kindle edition directly from the PDF of the print edition. However, I’ve had some issues with this conversion method and find that it’s best to upload a specially formatted version of the book as a Word file.

My specialty is producing e-books in the EPUB format, where you have more control over color, placement of graphics, and many other factors. I couldn’t figure out a way to submit an EPUB file to CreateSpace, but authors and publishers can use Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing to post EPUB e-books for sale on Amazon.

The EPUB e-book can be customized in many ways, such as adding color photographs and other color embellishments to books that are printed in black and white.

I generally charge self-publishing authors between $2.00-$3.00 per typeset page to design and typeset their print books, and $150.00-$250.00 to produce e-books. Professional design and typesetting adds value to the book, helping with sales, marketing, credibility, and readability.

There are a lot of decisions to make when self publishing your book. Please feel free to contact me with your questions. I’m happy to share my expertise on the subject and always available to produce your print books and e-books.

Andrea Reider

Andrea Reider Design
1025 N. Kings Road, #213
West Hollywood, California 90069
323-822-2830

andreareider@gmail.com

Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

Self Publishing with CreateSpace and Amazon

The easiest and quite possibly best way to self publish books today is with Amazon’s CreateSpace print-on-demand service.

You can use CreateSpace for the entire book production process, but the authors I’ve worked with have not been satisfied with the quality of their book design and typesetting services.

I specialize in designing and producing printed books and e-books. I’ve been working as a book designer and typesetter/layout artist for major publishing houses for 20 years and have a complete understanding of the book production process.

I understand the budget constraints of most self-publishing authors and price my services at or below industry standards. I don’t think you’ll ever find a better book production service or a lower price than I am able offer. And there’s a good reason for my confidence in this area. I’m as fast as can be, highly efficient, and know exactly what needs to be done to produce books to the highest possible standards.

Please feel free to contact me any time to discuss the specifics of your book project and to receive a quote for my services.

Basics of Self Publishing Your Book, E-books, Part 3

Basics of Self Publishing Your Book, E-books, Part 3

There are two basic types of e-books. The first is a pdf file that may or may not includes internal text links. The second type is an epub file that best utilizes the features of the Apple and Kindle and other devices.

There’s not much an author can do to prepare their book for publication as an e-book. That’s a function for the print production person who may or may not be the one who makes the e-book.

Many book designers and layout artists are not equipped to produce an epub e-book that’s acceptable to online vendors like Apple or Kindle. There are many specifications to create epub e-books and they must be followed precisely. This often includes altering the xhtml code, which is beyond the skill set of many graphic designers.

I’ll focus on some of the issues that arise in creating epub e-books. The first and most obvious is adding the cover to the e-book. Next is creating a Table of Contents that’s linked to the book chapters and sections. There’s no need for either of those two things when producing the interior pages for the print edition. The book cover is almost always produced by a graphic designer who is not involved in the production of the interior pages.

To give you an idea of how specific the requirements are for producing epub, all file names, including any linked art, has to be in lowercase letters  with no spaces or “unusual” characters. For instance, a typical file name would be “chapter01,” which would look odd in the epub contents section.

The titles are fixed by “unzipping” the epub to reveal the underlying structure. You then have access to the xhtml files for each section as well as a text file where the chapter titles can be fixed to include capital letters and spaces.

As an author, you have no need to worry about most of these issues beyond making sure that the person you hire to create your e-book knows what they’re doing.

It’s a simple process to create pdf e-books, but making epub e-books is complicated and everything must be “perfect” to be acceptable to online bookstores.

As an example of a pdf e-book, this is the link to my edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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And best of luck with your publishing projects!! I’m always available for questions, consultations, and to produce your print and e-books.

Andrea

 

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My Book Design and Production Process

My Book Design and Production Process

Here’s my process:

1. Design. I’ll take your text and photos and once we decide on the size of the book (8.5 x 11, or 6 x 9 or 7 x 10) and the desired page count, start laying out samples pages. I’ll come up with several different designs so you can get an idea of what you like. For some books,  the design can easily go through 4 or 5 rounds of revisions before finalizing for layout. Most books go through 2 or 3 rounds of revisions before approval.

2. Typesetting/layout. This is where I take all of your text and photos and start laying out the actual pages that will print in the book. Most authors make arrangements with the printers who will produce the actual books, but I can also help with that process.

3. I’ve been working with a wonderful editor, Lynn Weber, for over twenty years. I always suggest that authors hire Lynn to proofread their books before finalizing for print. She’s a wonderful editor and proofreader and it’s essential to hire a professional proofreader in addition to proofing everything on every page yourself. Lynn will make many suggestions to improve your book and you will be very happy with the improvements—or we won’t make the changes!

4. Then we just keep working at it until you’re satisfied that everything is final and great, or we run up against a hard deadline and go with what we have.

Book production is a relatively slow process. I won’t keep you waiting for long at any stage of production, but it just takes time for an author or publisher to finalize the book for printing.

The fastest I’ve ever finished a book from first design samples to finished book is about six weeks. It’s not unusual for a book to be in production for six months or more.

If I had to guess, I’ve designed and/or typeset at least 2,000 books since 1989. I’m here to help when you need me!

Andrea

 

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