Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Non-Thesis Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


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Committee Chair

Pat Munday

First Advisor

Susan Barth

Second Advisor

BT Livermore

Third Advisor

Isabel Campos


I have taken a manuscript through the book publishing process to produce a camera-ready print book and e-book. This includes copyediting, designing layout templates, laying out the document in InDesign, and producing an index. My research is focused on the best practices and standards for publishing. Lessons learned from my research and experience include layout best practices, particularly linespacing and alignment guidelines, as well as the limitations and capabilities of InDesign, particularly its endnote functionality. Based on the results of this project, I can recommend self-publishers to understand the software and distribution platforms prior to publishing a book to ensure the required specifications are met to avoid complications later in the process. This document provides details on many of the software, distribution, and design options available for self-publishers to consider.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of M.S. Technical Communication

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