Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to find a terrific InDesign production expert within 15 miles of Inwood, NYC

I USED TO do this thing where I had a roster of freelance clients (and the feast or famine that came with them), and along with that, I’d also take a long-term, part-time graphics job that didn’t get in the way of the feast and filled in the gaps during the famine.

My company, TYPEFLOW (I’m the only one here), has been doing production of trade show directories, books, and other long documents for a long time now, and in 2011, my book and ebook business absolutely took off. I mean, like, through the roof. Like busy.

Things finally took a breather this month, and I found myself drumming my fingers, looking at the economy improving, and thinking about that old system.

I want to get that going again. I liked it. It worked.

IN EXCHANGE FOR being my perfect situation, you’ll get an intelligent and highly skilled InDesign production person a few days a week—for the same price as that guy the agency sent. You know, the one you didn’t ask back.

When I’m not being a totally terrific production expert (yet charmingly humble), I’m a writer and long-distance cyclist, both of which I take seriously. I also take my seven-year-old twins seriously—though not so much when I’m holding them upside-down and tickling them. Still, they’re why I’m not interested in weekends.

So what I’m looking for is:

  • steady, with a predictable schedule,
  • 20ish hours per week,
  • no weekends,
  • within about 15 miles of Northern Manhattan,
  • where they don’t mind me showing up on a bicycle
    and have somewhere I can put it (it’s a folding bike),
  • and they need a skilled, professional production artist.
  • Oh, and aren’t a large bank, pharmaceutical corporation, or tobacco company. Sorry. I’m sure you’re nice people.

I understand you may need me to stay a little extra sometimes; you understand I may need to switch hours around sometimes.

What are you looking for? Drop me a line: noteon at mac dot com.

THE 15-MILE THING lets me get my riding in. Here’s a map showing the approximate area. (Click for a larger version.)

Commuting area to ideal job

That might look like too wide an area for a bike commute, but for perspective: Most days, I strap my laptop to my bike and ride to various Starbucks at the far edges of that oval, where I sit and work on freelance jobs. It’s my already-existing commuting area.

Resume: Lots of years of Adobe Creative Suite; know InDesign better than most people who get paid to use it; former Quark guru, now glad it’s dead. Very experienced in print and ebooks. HTML and CSS experience, but not that interested in web design, though I do enjoy working with web designers to create assets for sites. Lots of production-efficiency tricks; fast and accurate.

Samples: Please email me and tell me what you do there, so I know what samples to send: noteon at mac dot com.

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Typeflow’s short story experiment

(Cross-posted from the Typeflow blog.)

I like short stories, but ebook work isn’t worth my time unless I’m making a few hundred bucks. Unfortunately, that’s too expensive for most authors who just want to get a short story online.

So here’s an experiment:

$65 gets you a professionally produced ebook of your short story, but you have to wait until 10 people sign up, at which time I’ll do them all at once. This makes the labor worthwhile for me—and the low cost will help make your story profitable for you.


  • 10 stories are signed up (see below) by the end of this week: Saturday, March 24
  • All 10 will be invoiced on March 24, via PayPal, to be paid immediately.
  • Stories will be delivered in ebook format, ready for Amazon, iBooks, Nook, etc. on March 31.

This could be perfect if you:

  • Have a short story up to 10,000 words all proofed and finished in Word format
  • Want to get it on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, etc. without spending a ton of money
  • EITHER already have a cover, OR think a nicely typeset title/author graphic is enough for a short story
  • Can wait until 9 other people want the same thing

It includes:

  • Professional typesetting (all the niceties: em-dashes, typographers’ quotes, first-paragraph run-ins, section bugs and end bugs, etc.)
  • Title and author typeset nicely for use as the cover image
  • An “About the Author” page with your bio and picture
  • Insertion of a cover image, if you already have one (cover design is not included). Title and author name typeset nicely for use as a cover image if you don’t.
  • Two file formats: .mobi (for use at Amazon) and .epub (for the rest of the world)

It doesn’t include:

  • Full cover design
  • Proofing or copyediting changes—this all has to be complete in your Word file
  • Discounts for multiple stories or shorter stories
  • Customization


Send the following to keith at typeflownyc dot com

  1. Your finished, proofed, copyedited, perfect Word file, up to 10,000 words
  2. Your author photo (if any)
  3. Your author bio (if any)
  4. The email address you use for PayPal, so I can invoice you (if there are 10 signups) on March 24.
  5. Pay the invoice by Sunday, March 25.

Stories will be delivered via email on March 31.

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