Book Blogging :: Scandals of Satan – Typography

I’ve typeset most of the book, but I’m working on the cover at the same time because I want to keep the type consistent.

I’ve picked Adobe Garamond Pro for the body type, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use for chapter titles. Preferably I’d use the font that the title was set in. I try to use as few different typefaces as possible. There may be typos or typesetting issues on these pages. I’m offering them here to show the progress of the book itself, for those interested. In many of my book projects I’ll go about things in a way that larger publishers don’t – often I’ll most of the typesetting after only a rough proofreading. Because I have an almost enturely digital workflow, I’ll then print PDFs to send to those helping out proofing and when errors are found I’ll fix them in the InDesign file. This allows me to spend more time with the pages as they’ll be printed…

The size of the book is 5.5×8.5″, slightly smaller than the previous books I’ve published (at 6×9″), but the same size as Laffs & Juggs. This size is printed on a slightly lighter paper. I was hesistant at first when this new paper option was made available, but once I recieved my proof copy of Laffs & Juggs I was satisfied that it was acceptable.

Tichenor uses a lot of quotes through the book, some that run multiple pages. I set the quotes that ran any length in a smaller point size and kept the same leading as the regular body text.

The author of the introduction Robert M. and I will be doing a lot of promo stuff, probably including videos… I’m okay with Premiere, but today I started working with After Effects, and I’m pretty happy with the results of a few hours of work. I exported an unfinished working copy and uploaded it to YouTube…

Book Blogging :: Sorceries and Scandals of Satan – Cover Concepts

I mentioned in a previous post I wanted to blog the production of a book, but it goes against my rule of not mentioning projects until they’re ready to be released.

Well, I’m doing it – a project that has been in the works for a while now, so it’s not from the start of the project that I’m initiating this series. The book is mostly typeset, though there’s still work to be done. The book is “The Sorceries and Scandals of Satan” by Henry M. Tichenor, with an introduction by R. Merciless. The project was his, and his introduction is REALLY thorough, giving a history of an author that has become unknown. I’ll blog about him later.

I’m working on cover designs now, and that happens a number of ways – either I have a strong concept from the start, or I punch it out until I put together one that I really like. Sometimes I create one solid design and it’s just tweaking that until it’s “done”, and other times I may run through many, man designs and variations of designs. You can click on the covers to see larger versions.

Sorceries and Scandals of Satan - cover work

Sorceries and Scandals of Satan - cover work

R. Merciless had a concept, and really wanted me to use the image from Paradise Lost that is featured on the second cover above. I don’t have a strong concept here, and I’m not totally happy with either design, though I think both would work if nothing else came up.

Update, 3rd mock-up:

Sorceries and Scandals of Satan - cover work

Here’s another variation of the cover. One of the problems with so many variations is that one might think one is better than the other because he’s just looked at the other too damn long, and any change is better.

Sorceries and Scandals of Satan - cover work

BTW, the copy on the back cover, as of this writing, reads:

In 1917, progressive essayist Henry M. Tichenor destroyed Christianity by writing this book.
While Christian priests and ministers convince gullible masses that Satan is the source of evil in our world, Tichenor shows the truth – that it has been the followers of Jehovah who have wrought the greatest suffering, death, injustice and tyrrany upon the earth.