Getting Pitch Ready Day Three: Making Dummies

Let's assume you will be doing a 32 page book... I make dummies with a either a center seam or a side seam. I use copy paper in letter, legal, or tabloid size and cut it down to the size I want. If you don't want to cut the paper you can block off the extra paper to take notes, especially early in the process. 

 

For the center seam technique: 

A 5" x 5" book would be 5" x 10" paper size. 

I use:

8 pages for the interior.

1 different color page to indicate endpapers.

1 different color page to indicate the cover ( I like to use cover stock for the cover). 

I draw a line down the center, clip or just hold the papers together, and run them through my sewing machine. I used to visit my kids' classrooms and sit with each child in the class as they sewed their own book dummy... (I recommend this activity as a nice author program for when your book is published.) 

When I didn't have my sewing machine, I made holes with a nail and hand stitched my books. I used a longish brad nail so the hole is relatively small. Hammer through the paper along the seam at one inch intervals.

 

(note: hover over the right of the image to scroll through examples)

Use a dummy like this to figure out the layout and flow of your book. 

Center Seam Dummy

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

Side Seam Dummy

For the side seam technique: 

A 5" x 5" book would be 6" wide x 5" tall. 

I use:

16 pages for the interior. 

1 different color page front and back to indicate endpapers.

1 different color page front and back  to indicate the cover. ( I like to use cover stock for the cover.)(note: hover mouse on right to scroll images.)

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

I draw a vertical line down the left side, an inch in from edge, and bind with:

 

1) Butterfly Clip or Staple:

      •Start with stack of paper.

      •Draw a line 1" from left. You may want to score the left side for a cleaner fold.       •Clip or Staple.

2) Thread—Sew on Sewing Machine:

      •Start with stack of paper.

      •Draw a line 1" from left side. Feed through the sewing machine.

3) Thread—Nail and Hand Sew:

      •Start with stack of paper.

      •Measure and nail holes along the seam 1" from left side.

      •Sew seam anyway you like. Shown is blanket stitch. 

Waalaa!

(Note: The dummy is just for working images, ideas, and sketches. You can also use color prints to create a more finished dummy to pitch your book to a publisher. The dummy is not for your finished art. You will need to keep your original art flat and unmarked for photographing or scanning to go to press.)

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