[OS X TeX] Writing a book

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Feb 18 23:05:05 CET 2014

Amen to that suggestion! In fact, even splitting the savings of avoiding a compositor between the authors and the publisher might be attractive to both parties in such a case: composing a math book typically involves extra compositor's fees for "penalty copy" -- lots of symbols.

Moreover, compositors, particularly those not accustomed to doing math, can make a real mess of typesetting math.

On 18 Feb 2014 13:56:16 -0500, William Adams <will.adams at frycomm.com> wrote:

> On Feb 18, 2014, at 12:03 PM, John B. Thoo wrote:
>> The deal with my friend is that I would typeset, and she would find a publisher. (She has experience with this, whereas this would be my first.)  So, now that she's found a publisher and we've signed a contract, I can't tell her to dump them.
>> I guess that the publisher is just not comfortable dealing with LaTeX. Eventually, they did say that they do contract a "compositor," but it was clear that it was not their preference to work with LaTeX.  Nevertheless, they finally told me to send them a PDF along with the LaTeX source files, but not to expect any help with the typesetting.
> If you're doing the typesetting and providing a press-ready .pdf, there's no need to involve a compositor.
> Ask them how much they plan on paying the compositor and suggest they pay you instead.

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