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Self-publishing Tips – Writing an Acknowledgement Page

There’s no doubt that a lot of time and effort goes into writing a book, whether self-publishing or going through an agent or a traditional publisher. An author is, of course, the heart and soul of their work, but it would be very difficult for them to complete such a time-consuming project without, at least, a little help. Family members, significant others, and even complete strangers can play a major role in making a piece of work come to fruition. The acknowledgement page of a book is intended to thank those people who heavily influenced you or your book as it was being developed.

To start putting together your acknowledgement page, simply create a list of everyone you feel contributed to your work. This can be family members who cooked your meals while you were working, or who gave you a quiet space in which to write. It could also be a professional who contributed information for your research or someone who supported you spiritually or emotionally. For example, they may have prayed fervently for your success or encouraged you when you considered giving up.

The following steps will help you work your way through a complete acknowledgement page:

  • First, compile your list together, along with the reasons why you’re grateful for each individual. This will help you pinpoint who had the most influence on your work as a whole.
  • Narrow down your list. Most acknowledgement pages are no longer than a half-page, so keep that length in mind.
  • Write the rough draft of your acknowledgement and have an unbiased individual review it for editing or suggestions regarding changes or information that could be omitted.
  • Write the final draft of your acknowledgement and save it with the same font size and font color as the rest of the book.
  • A completed acknowledgement page is generally placed in the book between the table of contents and the actual work.

Once your acknowledgement page is complete, your manuscript is one step closer to being sent off for self-publishing so you can get it on the shelf as soon as possible!

For more information on self-publishing your work, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. They offer options for authors considering self-publishing as well as other tools to help self-published authors promote their work. Call them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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Author Ergonomics – A Book Printer’s Tips To Keep You Pain-Free

At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When done in an improper position, these movements can lead to the development of repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. The position of the body and the objects you’re working with play a major role in eliminating the aches and pains you might experience while writing or typing.

Here are some tips for reducing your risk of pain from the book printers at CMYK Graphix :

While writing:

  • Use the lightest grip possible on the pen or pencil you’re using.
  • Use a felt-tip pen, gel pen, or roller ball so the tip glides easily over the paper.
  • Do not plant your wrist or forearm on the desk. Glide over the surface of the desk using your shoulder to initiate the movement of writing.

While typing:

  • Refrain from slanting your wrists up or down. They should be held slightly higher than the keyboard.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows unlocked.
  • Do not rest your arms on the arm rests of your chair.

Sitting position:

  • Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • Your back should be resting against the back of the chair and the lumbar support should fit into the curve of your lower back.
  • Arm rests should fit just below your arms when your arms are at a 90 degree angle.

By utilizing these tips you’ll see a vast reduction in the pain and cramping you experience as a writer. For most of us, that also means we’ll be able to write longer and focus more on the task at hand, which means your hard work will be finished and off to the book printer’s sooner than you could imagine. When that time comes, contact the book printers at CMYK Graphix, Inc. to self-publish your masterpiece.

For more information, contact the experts at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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