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Daria Lacy

Graphic Publication Artist, specializing in Printed Book Layout

$30.00/hr

Skamokawa, United States


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Today's publishing focus trends to self-publishing authors and small businesses, ... moreincluding preparing books for publication via sites such as CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu and others in both print and ebook formats. More and more writers are opting to publish their books themselves and with my extensive print publishing background, I'm uniquely qualified to help prepare your book from manuscript to finished book in paperback, hard cover or ebooks. I'm familiar with specific requirements of various common sites, as well as a great background in the print basics, unlike many "newly minted" graphic artists whose training has focused on websites and web publishing. I've very proud to say that I've recently been assisting with preparing Best Seller listed books for publication via print-on-demand sites. It's exciting to see this relatively new publishing method being used by the "big boys" as well as the more newly minted authors. I'm happy to give you a time estimate for completing your project, but to me, every book is unique, and deserves a unique layout, so giving an exact time line and fixed-rate price is necessarily nearly impossible. Let's talk about the possibilities. Every book deserves a great cover, and I'm also available to help you with your cover design, from start to finish, concept to print. While I generally leave uploading of files to my clients, if you need help, I'm usually available, and I do guarantee my files to sucessfuly upload to the various sites, or I'll work on it until it does. This guarantee has even led me to step in and work with the help desks of more than one print site when their automated system thought it detected a problem, and my extensive print process knowledge assured me there wasn't one, so I contacted an actual person, and in all instances, once a live professional looked over the file, all was good to go. "Being there" for my clients is especially important to me, and I'm proud of my on-going client list here on oDesk. My clients seem to refuse to close out their accounts even when we don't have an active project. :-) During my nearly 40-years of graphic design within the printing and publishing field, I have witnessed and adapted to the many changes in technology as it relates to the industry. Yes, I'm older, but not extinct yet! So although I'm specializing in book publishing, if you have other print needs, such as stationery, magazine layout, flyers and on and on, I have done just about everything there is to do in the printing industry. Most of the changes in the print industry have been in the way that typography, photography and art meet and make their way to the printed page. We used to do this with light tables, punch-tape and exacto knives, now we use computers for the whole process. Offset presses have largely remained the same, and the digital presses use the same file types so prepress ideas have remained the same, with technology replacing the hand pasting and stripping departments. My complete knowledge of the process from idea to print serves me well in achieving my client's goals in the most economical fashion possible. I have been using the industry standard computer programs for over 20 years, including Adobe CS6 programs. There are special factors related to putting computer generated art onto paper vs. the computer monitor. Things like color space, RGB vs. CMYK; raster vs. vector; high and low resolution and when to use each one. With my experience and knowledge, I know how to deliver the right file type for the publication method, and how to use the same developmental files to create products that are suitable for both print and e-delivery, saving time and money on multi-use projects. Although printed material is far from leaving us, more and more publication is done in e-formats. Setup of material for printing and e-publication is similar, but there are many specific aspects that need to be addressed in the publication of e-books, online magazines and other multi-media. As the industry changes, so do my skills. I continue to learn and expand my knowledge base in the Graphic Arts, enabling me to provide my clients with the best print and publishing designs for paper and electronic media. I'm enjoying every step of the process. I do know the basics of web design, but have chosen to focus on print-style design, rather than web sites and web pages, and I can help my client's with their basic web-site needs. If you become a client and need supporting documents for use on the web, I can handle it. less

Overview

Today's publishing focus trends to self-publishing authors and small businesses, including preparing books for publication via sites such as CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu and others in both print and ebook formats. More and more writers are opting to publish their books themselves and with my extensive print publishing background, I'm uniquely qualified to help prepare your book from manuscript to finished book in paperback, hard cover or ebooks. I'm familiar with specific requirements of various common sites, as well as a great background in the print basics, unlike many "newly minted" graphic artists whose training has focused on websites and ... moreweb publishing. I've very proud to say that I've recently been assisting with preparing Best Seller listed books for publication via print-on-demand sites. It's exciting to see this relatively new publishing method being used by the "big boys" as well as the more newly minted authors. I'm happy to give you a time estimate for completing your project, but to me, every book is unique, and deserves a unique layout, so giving an exact time line and fixed-rate price is necessarily nearly impossible. Let's talk about the possibilities. Every book deserves a great cover, and I'm also available to help you with your cover design, from start to finish, concept to print. While I generally leave uploading of files to my clients, if you need help, I'm usually available, and I do guarantee my files to sucessfuly upload to the various sites, or I'll work on it until it does. This guarantee has even led me to step in and work with the help desks of more than one print site when their automated system thought it detected a problem, and my extensive print process knowledge assured me there wasn't one, so I contacted an actual person, and in all instances, once a live professional looked over the file, all was good to go. "Being there" for my clients is especially important to me, and I'm proud of my on-going client list here on oDesk. My clients seem to refuse to close out their accounts even when we don't have an active project. :-) During my nearly 40-years of graphic design within the printing and publishing field, I have witnessed and adapted to the many changes in technology as it relates to the industry. Yes, I'm older, but not extinct yet! So although I'm specializing in book publishing, if you have other print needs, such as stationery, magazine layout, flyers and on and on, I have done just about everything there is to do in the printing industry. Most of the changes in the print industry have been in the way that typography, photography and art meet and make their way to the printed page. We used to do this with light tables, punch-tape and exacto knives, now we use computers for the whole process. Offset presses have largely remained the same, and the digital presses use the same file types so prepress ideas have remained the same, with technology replacing the hand pasting and stripping departments. My complete knowledge of the process from idea to print serves me well in achieving my client's goals in the most economical fashion possible. I have been using the industry standard computer programs for over 20 years, including Adobe CS6 programs. There are special factors related to putting computer generated art onto paper vs. the computer monitor. Things like color space, RGB vs. CMYK; raster vs. vector; high and low resolution and when to use each one. With my experience and knowledge, I know how to deliver the right file type for the publication method, and how to use the same developmental files to create products that are suitable for both print and e-delivery, saving time and money on multi-use projects. Although printed material is far from leaving us, more and more publication is done in e-formats. Setup of material for printing and e-publication is similar, but there are many specific aspects that need to be addressed in the publication of e-books, online magazines and other multi-media. As the industry changes, so do my skills. I continue to learn and expand my knowledge base in the Graphic Arts, enabling me to provide my clients with the best print and publishing designs for paper and electronic media. I'm enjoying every step of the process. I do know the basics of web design, but have chosen to focus on print-style design, rather than web sites and web pages, and I can help my client's with their basic web-site needs. If you become a client and need supporting documents for use on the web, I can handle it. less

Daria Lacy
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Daria Lacy

$30.00 /hr

Graphic Publication Artist, specializing in Printed Book Layout

Skamokawa, United States

Overview

Today's publishing focus trends to self-publishing authors and small businesses, including preparing books for publication via sites such as CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu and others in both print and ebook formats. More and more writers are opting to publish their books themselves and with my extensive print publishing background, I'm uniquely qualified to help prepare your book from manuscript to finished book in paperback, hard cover or ebooks. I'm familiar with specific requirements of various common sites, as well as ... morea great background in the print basics, unlike many "newly minted" graphic artists whose training has focused on websites and web publishing. I've very proud to say that I've recently been assisting with preparing Best Seller listed books for publication via print-on-demand sites. It's exciting to see this relatively new publishing method being used by the "big boys" as well as the more newly minted authors. I'm happy to give you a time estimate for completing your project, but to me, every book is unique, and deserves a unique layout, so giving an exact time line and fixed-rate price is necessarily nearly impossible. Let's talk about the possibilities. Every book deserves a great cover, and I'm also available to help you with your cover design, from start to finish, concept to print. While I generally leave uploading of files to my clients, if you need help, I'm usually available, and I do guarantee my files to sucessfuly upload to the various sites, or I'll work on it until it does. This guarantee has even led me to step in and work with the help desks of more than one print site when their automated system thought it detected a problem, and my extensive print process knowledge assured me there wasn't one, so I contacted an actual person, and in all instances, once a live professional looked over the file, all was good to go. "Being there" for my clients is especially important to me, and I'm proud of my on-going client list here on oDesk. My clients seem to refuse to close out their accounts even when we don't have an active project. :-) During my nearly 40-years of graphic design within the printing and publishing field, I have witnessed and adapted to the many changes in technology as it relates to the industry. Yes, I'm older, but not extinct yet! So although I'm specializing in book publishing, if you have other print needs, such as stationery, magazine layout, flyers and on and on, I have done just about everything there is to do in the printing industry. Most of the changes in the print industry have been in the way that typography, photography and art meet and make their way to the printed page. We used to do this with light tables, punch-tape and exacto knives, now we use computers for the whole process. Offset presses have largely remained the same, and the digital presses use the same file types so prepress ideas have remained the same, with technology replacing the hand pasting and stripping departments. My complete knowledge of the process from idea to print serves me well in achieving my client's goals in the most economical fashion possible. I have been using the industry standard computer programs for over 20 years, including Adobe CS6 programs. There are special factors related to putting computer generated art onto paper vs. the computer monitor. Things like color space, RGB vs. CMYK; raster vs. vector; high and low resolution and when to use each one. With my experience and knowledge, I know how to deliver the right file type for the publication method, and how to use the same developmental files to create products that are suitable for both print and e-delivery, saving time and money on multi-use projects. Although printed material is far from leaving us, more and more publication is done in e-formats. Setup of material for printing and e-publication is similar, but there are many specific aspects that need to be addressed in the publication of e-books, online magazines and other multi-media. As the industry changes, so do my skills. I continue to learn and expand my knowledge base in the Graphic Arts, enabling me to provide my clients with the best print and publishing designs for paper and electronic media. I'm enjoying every step of the process. I do know the basics of web design, but have chosen to focus on print-style design, rather than web sites and web pages, and I can help my client's with their basic web-site needs. If you become a client and need supporting documents for use on the web, I can handle it. less

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Work History and Feedback

  • Turn Self Published book Final Draft Into LULU.com

    Apr 2016
    5.00
    :) Good communicator - nice work - attention to detail.
    $250.00 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Professional Children's Book Designer

    Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
    No feedback given
    $100.00 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Desktop Publishing for Book

    Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
    5.00
    Working with Daria was a great experience. She is knowledgeable an excellent communicator, and is very clear about what she can do and can't do. An extremely refreshing experience. Thank you Daria!

    10 hours

    $25.00 / hr
    $349.99 earned

  • Text Book Layout

    Oct 2015 - Dec 2015
    4.80

    12 hours

    $25.00 / hr
    $300.00 earned

  • Create a "print ready" pdf file of my book

    Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
    5.00
    Daria was really knowledgeable and really great to work with! She was always available when I needed to call on her quickly and add or change things. I would definitely recommend her to any prospective clients!

    4 hours

    $25.00 / hr
    $104.16 earned

  • PDF conversion for our new guide

    Sep 2014 - Jul 2015
    No feedback given
    $125.00 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Create Space Book Cover needed

    Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
    5.00
    $40.00 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Print ready InDesign file for CreateSpace

    Mar 2014 - Jun 2015
    5.00
    Daria is AWESOME! Great communicator and very flexible.
    $42.13 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Design Book Cover For Print

    Feb 2015 - Mar 2015
    5.00
    Great job and very easy to work with. Have more work coming for her.
    $250.00 earned
    Fixed Price

  • Indesign Expert Needed.

    Nov 2014 - Jan 2015
    5.00
    Daria is a true pleasure and delight to work with. Should a similar type of work come up in my business, I would not hesitate to call upon her service again.

    47 hours

    $25.00 / hr
    $1,145.83 earned

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Tests

NameScore (out of 5)Time to Complete
Adobe Illustrator CS3 Test4.25Top 10%38 mins
Adobe InDesign CS3 Test3.10Above Average30 mins
Adobe InDesign CS4 Test3.75Above Average40 mins
U.S. Word Usage Test4.00Top 30%23 mins
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Test3.40Above Average40 mins
English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)4.50Top 20%24 mins
U.S. English Basic Skills Test4.40Top 10%24 mins
English Spelling Test (U.S. Version)4.75Top 30%25 mins
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