Project Proposal for InDesign Toolkit

Lost Girls Publishing – a named derived from “the lost boys” characters of our manuscript, Peter Pan.

Team: Amanda Peters, Tori Elliott & Andrea Gyarmati

Lost Girls Publishing Logo

Our manuscript is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.

Synopsis: A children’s story about Peter Pan, a mischievous boy who never grows up or ages, and lives in a world called Neverland. Peter Pan promises adventure (and a never-ending childhood) to three children – Wendy, John, and Michael – from the real world. The children fly with Peter Pan to Neverland where they embark on a voyage that includes his posse the Lost Boys, a fairy, mermaids, Indians, pirates, crocodiles, and other whimsical characters.

The epub method is InDesign, following Elizabeth Castro’s website development method for formatting ebooks. Resource: EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders.

The lost girls are by definition, lost, so we don’t have a set meeting place to produce this project. We may be found holed up in an MPub lab or sipping a pumpkin latte at Starbucks.

We developed a draft critical path outlining key milestones/action items for a 4 week print and digital production schedule of our Peter Pan manuscript.

Week 1: Corporate branding (including company name and logo development). Manuscript selection and structural editing. Development of critical path.

Week 2: Decide on print style (including book size, paper stock, typography and creative style etc.) Paste text in InDesign, format draft layout including pagination. Image development/selection.

Week 3: Finalize basic layout in InDesign including copy editing, pictures, table of contents and metadata, then export as XHTML and modify layout.

Week 4: Build style sheet in XHTML and format. Proofread/finalize manuscript in XHTML and create epub file.

Week 5: presentation of epub

*Schedule subject to change as curve balls are thrown our way.

An innate love of the production and development of literature combined with a vested interest in learning on-trend epub methods, is the reason Lost Girls are tackling this task. We selected the classic Peter Pan manuscript since it lends itself to creative layout opportunities, specifically the use of illustrations and images. This will pose a challenge and learning opportunity on how to structure pages in terms of running copy with images. Considerations include selecting –or even developing – images reflective of text, how to wrap text around images and the creation/use of captions.

The process for our epub method involves:

  • Pasting manuscript text file into Adobe InDesign
  • Formatting text file in InDesign to fit for printing
  • Exporting Adobe InDesign as an epub file and using XHTML to build style sheet (including character and style attributions)
  • Creating epub file from XHTML document


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