Raise Your Hand If You'd Consider Giving Up The Rights To Your Book Forever

Written by Mark Levine

If Random House pulls up to your house with a U-haul filled with millions and wants to buy your book, maybe youíd consider giving uprepparttar rights forever. But, letís come back torepparttar 126378 real world. Inrepparttar 126379 real world, many authors find thatrepparttar 126380 best way to launch a writing career is to essentially self-publish by using a print-on-demand (POD) publisher.

The problem is thatrepparttar 126381 POD buffet is filled withrepparttar 126382 equivalent of healthy choices (publishers who charge low or no publishing fees and allow authors to terminaterepparttar 126383 contracts at anytime) and unhealthy choices (publishers that charge exorbitant upfront fees and lock authors into contracts for years). Oftenrepparttar 126384 writerís eyes are bigger than her stomach Ė she makes a move forrepparttar 126385 first publisher who tells her that her work is great.

Signing a POD contract impulsively is always a mistake. Unless you are trained as a lawyer, deciphering a POD contract can be tricky since many POD publishers have paid some hefty legal fees to have attorneys sculpt contracts that could easily crush an unsuspecting author.

If you canít afford to hire a lawyer to review your POD contract you need to arm yourself with some knowledge before signing one. In my book, The Fine Print (www.book-publishers-compared.com), I takerepparttar 126386 legalese commonly found in most POD contracts and explain it in terms that will actually make sense. I also tell yourepparttar 126387 types of clauses in a POD contract that should cause you to run away from a publisher as quickly as possible.

If you donít want or canít purchase The Fine Print, here are some three tips that may help you avoid a bad publishing experience.

1. Never pay more than $500 in up front POD publishing fees.

The most reputable POD publishers charge between $300-$500 forrepparttar 126388 publishing package which should always include customized cover art, formatting, placement of your book on Amazon, etc.; and ISBN number, bar code, and a sales page onrepparttar 126389 publisherís website. If you are paying more and not getting at leastrepparttar 126390 services mentioned above, you are getting taken.

2. Only Sign a Contract That You Can Terminate When You Want

The best contracts are those you can terminate at any time (usually by giving 30-90 days notice). Some POD publishers that donít charge or charge very little for their services require a longer commitment on your end (1-2 years) before you can terminate. Because they have money invested in you this is understandable. Never sign a POD contract that you canít get out of easily. Some POD publishers require that you give themrepparttar 126391 rights to your book forrepparttar 126392 term ofrepparttar 126393 copyright. When you see this run fast! The term ofrepparttar 126394 copyright is forrepparttar 126395 life ofrepparttar 126396 author, plus another 70 years Ė basically forever.

Color correcting by numbers for giclee printing

Written by Fabio Braghi

Color correcting by numbers for giclee and other digital printing methods

Color correcting images on screen for digital output is one ofrepparttar most problematic issues in digital imaging. What was a task left to pre-press professionals inrepparttar 126377 past and something of no concern withrepparttar 126378 general public using film cameras, has now become a must for anyone using a digital camera. Overrepparttar 126379 years there have been a number of companies offering color calibration hardware and software to match what is seen on screen torepparttar 126380 actual printout. Soft proofing (the ability to see an image onrepparttar 126381 monitor and being able to make a pretty good judgment about how it is going to look when printed) is definitely of big help.

This said,repparttar 126382 only sure way to be able to precisely color correct is done by numbers. To make a comparison, take a pilot for example: when visibility is low pilots rely on whatrepparttar 126383 instruments say to navigate. No matter if it is day or night, they can navigate without having to see where they are and where they are going.

The same can be applied to color correction. Depending on a monitor to apply color changes, especially when subtle modifications need to be made, is notrepparttar 126384 best way. All computer screens shift in color fromrepparttar 126385 moment they are turned on. Numbers do not change.

Photoshop makes it very easy to see whatrepparttar 126386 color measurements are for any given area in an image. The eye picker will readrepparttar 126387 quantity of red, green and blue when passed overrepparttar 126388 chosen area. Forrepparttar 126389 purpose of this article we will stay withrepparttar 126390 RGB primary color space. When looking at a pure blackrepparttar 126391 reading will be R=0, B=0, G=0. A pure white will be R=255, B=255, G=255, 255 beingrepparttar 126392 maximum amount inrepparttar 126393 scale. What is between pure white and pure black? Grey, which can be any equal amount of these 3 colors, would be for example 122, 122, 122. A lighter grey is 180, 180, 180.

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