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Ergonomics Part Two – Stay Pain-Free (A Book Printer’s Tips)

Long before a self-publishing author can even think about sending their manuscript off to the book printer’s, they will be investing hours upon hours in front of a computer or typewriter. The writing process can take its toll on an author because, in order to get any amount of work done, a writer is required to work in the same position for hours at a time. As a result they are subject to a real possibility of repetitive strain injuries. Fortunately the study of ergonomics has uncovered the secrets of positioning and equipment use that makes these injuries preventable.

Ergonomics can differ depending on whether you’re writing by hand or typing at a computer. Since many writers do both at some point it is imperative you understand the differences. Here are a few more important tips for reducing your pain as a writer:

When setting up your computer screen:

  • The monitor should be an arm’s length away and the screen should be centered in your line of vision.
  • The top of the screen should be level with your eyes.
  • Adjust the height or tilt of the screen to eliminate light glare. This will reduce eye strain.

To reduce contact stress while writing manually:

  • Use the lightest hold possible on the pen while still maintaining control.
  • Refrain from leaning on the wrist or forearm as you work.
  • Use a pen or pencil with a rubberized grip or increase traction by wrapping a rubber-band around its barrel.

To avoid awkward postures:

  • Position the elbow at an angle greater than 90 degrees.
  • Keep your hand relaxed and avoid forceful bending or hyperextension of finger joints when holding your pen.
  • Use a sloped desk to avoid bending the neck or rounding the shoulders forward.

Everyone knows a great book isn’t written in a day. It can take several weeks, months, and even years before it’s complete and ready for the book printer’s. If you’re able to work pain-free you can work longer and those hours will be spent concentrating on your book and not the pain you would otherwise be feeling.

Once your work is finished, you’ll need to send it off to the book printer’s so your work can get on to bookstore shelves as soon as possible. For more information about self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing 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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Book Printers – Six Tips for Choosing the Right One

It may seem like any easy task to choose a book printer who can get your lovingly written "baby" off your computer file and into print, but not all book printers are created equal! A book printer is much like anything else in this world – some are experts in their field and some should not even be in the field. It’s wise to sit down and list your needs before you go on the hunt for a publisher – that way you can find the company and printer who is the right fit for you. Picking the wrong publisher can mean frustration and higher costs to you, not to mention the chance of getting a low quality book out of the deal..

If you have never self-published a book before, it can seem like an easy process. You write the book and drop it off at the printer, and -presto!- you are an author. Well, it doesn’t quite work that way! The book (manuscript) needs to be put into an electronic form and it needs to be edited for errors in spelling and grammar. Someone has to do a layout and the cover art. You need to get an ISBN. There is the issue of storage of the printed work and the marketing and distribution of it. It also needs to be promoted unless you want to have 5,000 copies sitting in your garage, not to mention many other factors that go into the creation of a successful self-published book.

Authors who want to self publish their works should consider short run book printers. The beauty of short run book printing is that the author can print just a small number of books and they can be done at a reasonable cost. Reprinting will be easy if you sell out your work because the manuscript is stored digitally. A short runs printing is around 25 to 1,500 copies. You can set a budget that determines the number of books to be printed. You can save money by doing your own editing and short run book printers can get you your books in just days or weeks of your printing order. And even though you think your book is great, short run printing lets you take on minimal risk while you test the market to see if it is as good as you think it is.

So, how do you narrow down the field of book printers?

  • Contact several book printers to get ideas of the range of services they offer, their prices, and how well they work with their customers.
  • Get references and contacts for authors whose works they have published. They should be happy to have you speak with other clients.
  • Follow up on those contacts! Find out the good, bad, and ugly of the book printers you are considering.
  • For best comparison, try to talk to the authors who had books of similar length (number of pages), size of print run, and similar pre-print and post-print services.
  • Find out the turn-around time for that particular book printer.
  • Factor in quality when comparing the prices among the different book printers. You don’t want to save money and end up with poor quality.

For more information about printing your book, contact the expert book printers at Cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.

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Book Printers – Pick the Right One For Your Book

For writers interested in self publishing their works, the world of book printing has many options available. Before choosing a publisher, it’s important to understand your needs and find the company that is right for you. A poor decision will cost you significantly more or result in a poor quality book.

Authors who intend to self publish should consider short run book printers. Short run book printing allows the writer to print a small number of books at a reasonable cost. The manuscript is generally stored digitally, making reprinting easy. Short runs are typically between 25 and 1,500 copies. Among the many advantages of short run book printing are control and cost. Short run printing allows you to set a budget for your printing, receive copies of your book in days or weeks, and proof it yourself. Small printing runs allow you to test the market with little risk. You also have the opportunity to test different market distribution methods to see what suits you best.

Some short run book printers offer print on demand service. With print on demand, you market your book, take orders, and have copies printed as needed. Not all short run book printers offer print on demand service, however. Some require minimum runs of 25-100 books, although sometimes they will allow print on demand service once the minimum threshold is met.

Authors who choose short run book printing must weigh the cost effectiveness of different size printings. As the number of books printed goes up, the cost per unit drops significantly. Print on demand service typically requires a set up fee, plus the cost per unit. Unfortunately, the cost per unit for print on demand printing (usually between $4 and $15), does not scale down with higher volume.

If you’ve decided to opt for short run book printing, it’s time to start investigating potential book printers. It’s best to contact multiple service providers to get quotes based on the specifics of your book. When asking for a quote, be sure to inquire what that particular book printers turnaround time is. You also may want to consider asking for a sample of their work. When comparing prices, be sure to factor in quality. You will not want to settle for an unattractive, poor quality product so you can save a little money.

For more information about printing your book, contact the expert book printers at Cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.

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