After Trevor’s feedback and us coming together as a studio, we worked out which elements from all the chapters should go forward and Carlos and Caleb put together a template for our chapters to go into.
Once we were given the template, Jennifer, Karl and I worked on placing the chapter text into the file which I thought was going to be a lot more simple than it actually was! Running through the texts there were a few hiccups along the way.
First up on our list was the commentary, with the paragraph styles that had been set up this was easy enough to do on the first text but once we’d moved onto the others we couldn’t get the line up that goes above the commentary to break it up from the main body text? To this moment I still don’t really understand why it wasn’t working or how Karl solved the issue with some good old copy and pasting!
There was one small issue we couldn’t put our fingers on though! The opening pages all looked slightly different from the first and it took us a while to realise that’s because of the running heads. They obviously appear on all pages unless manually removed and they make such a difference! For whatever reason, none of us had thought about what we should do if the text finished on the left-hand side! So we were left with blank pages for the time being before all the chapters are put together.
I think it’s safe to say if we had more time and money we’d like to allow more breathing space between the body copy and commentary for starters or have the commentary in a different colour in order to differentiate it from the main text. Also, if we had the chance of printing colour on the inside it also enables us to put our full-colour illustrations in the book which would have been nice! But all in all, I’m happy with the book we have managed to produce and I think working in chapter teams has been extremely beneficial this year in comparison with last year as it has enabled us to finish the project in much quicker timing.