adding pages to a quark document with lots of text boxes

More Quark Lessons Learned

Quark and The Reluctant Typographer Page

Drop Caps

Preparing the Manuscript for Import to Quark

Importing to Quark

Linking Pages

Adding Pages and Master Pages

Quark's Collect for Output

Dealing with Fonts

What to Send to the Printer

Creating Individual PDF Pages From an Entire Book

Adding Pages With Lots of Text Boxes

Guess what? You’re not going to copy and paste.

Yep, it’s easy to copy and paste text inside a big text box that is basically your page borders. You just recreate the same size text box on your newly inserted page, go back and copy the text, then move back to the new text box and hit paste. There it is.

But, if you’ve got a page with lots of little text boxes—you’ve got to recreate each of those little boxes, then insert the text. You might as well start over. I learned this the hard way when I made my family tree for The Devil’s Bastard. And it was/is such a nice family tree—particularly gratifying since I hadn’t wanted to make one to begin with. My friend and copyeditor suggested it. I worked for hours and hours on it. Finished it, passed it on to her. She liked it.

That was before I realized I couldn’t “link a page.”

I ended up taking my family tree to a local printer and having him make a PDF out of it (Quark 5.0 doesn’t have a “do it yourself” PDF capability). Initially I despaired because the PDF looked horrible on my screen and on the printed page, but the digital printer who is doing my Advance Review Copy, told me to send it to him. When he looked at the PDF it was perfect. So the problem was with my screen and/or printer (printer drivers??? I don’t know). The point is, the PDF should come out looking exactly like what you’ve created in Quark. So just because it doesn’t look right on your screen or printed out, doesn’t mean it isn’t right on another screen or on a printer designed to take Type 1 fonts. Get the printer who is printing out your book to look at it before you tear your hair out.

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