Some of you may already know what I do for work. But most of you do not. the industry term for what I do is Book composition. for those of you that have no clue what that is i shall explain it in a simple manor. but first i need to give you some history of how i got into this field.
Years ago when i was just a wee one. my mom got into the industry working for a couple company’s through out her early years, some got bought out, others just outsourced to other country’s. At this point she now has around 20 years in the industry. pretty impressive if you ask me. especially if you look back at the evolvment of technology and computers along with the programs used in the industry. Over the years i remember spending many hours at moms work watching the works. but i never really got into it to the point of wanting to learn the work.
Recently in the past 3 years i have been able to sit down and learn from her. and now i am pretty much on my own. she owns a company and I basically work for her as a sub contractor. I am very content with this career and plan to stick with it for a long time to come.
Now back to explaining what we do
The easiest way to explain it. is a writer will send a word document of the material they would like in their boom or publication. and a basic design outline. Some of the clients we have will have a designer go Through and make an exact design of what they would like the outcome to be. we then take their word document and design. and put it into Adobe Indesign. then work our magic to make it look like what they dream of. Of course the process has many many more details and terms that would be boring to you folks so i won’t go into them. Between the two of us we have completed just about every type of book you can think of. and some you may not of thought about.
You know those text books you got in high school that killed your back to carry in your back pack. we have done many of those. from every different educational subject. Ever heard of GooseBumps? back when i was a kid i remember those and the Box Car series. well my mom worked on many of those back in the day. Cook books, self help books, dictionaries. fiction novels, life stories, and auto Biographys. you get the point. we have done them all.
One industry that we have been doing A lot of work for over the past few years is something most people probably don’t even know exists. We do work for a company that is very large now. that creates educational materials for private schools in 3rd world country’s or countries that have very poor education systems. you can do research on that to get the details if you want them. but to make it simplified . This country has come up with a process that basically gives the teachers a script to teach from on a tablet system and also makes the paper versions for the students to have in hand. they also create all of the standardised testing materials as well. the schools they run are not government run. they are private schools but they appear to be much more advanced then the regular schools. of you read the articles about them you can see how they are much better and how they help these children get a great education. The company is Bridge International. they are doing great things.
Because of what they are doing over in these country’s. it is very gratifying to me when i am working on their material. and makes me feel great knowing that I am doing my part to Help children in very poor countries have the opportunity to learn much more then they would otherwise. Also to know that they are receiving quality material to learn from. Not to mention I am also being educated because each countries products are done separately and have material that is specific to their way of life. its very interesting to me.
We are currently looking at was of expanding our reach into the industry to show that we can swim with the big fish. charge much less. but get the work done in much less time. but still put out the best quality they have seen. our biggest goal is to bring this work back to the United States. as a lot of it is outsources to other countries.
There you have it. figured i would share with you folks what i do for a career and shed some light on a process a lot of folks don’t know about. Thanks for reading.