One Writer’s Journey

April 12, 2019

Graphics: Sometimes They Work and Sometimes They Splat

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 5:00 am
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Today I have a book due with Redline.  Easy, peasy mac-n-cheesy?  Nope.  Not even close.

The problem is that I need to provide ideas for at least 2 graphics.  Yes, I pitched specific ideas in my outline.  But when I tried to find the details I needed to pull them together?  Old stats. Biased stats.  Stats that were simply no good.

If the problem was only one graphic, I would simply develop a new idea.  But neither one of my original ideas worked and I only had one new idea. I sent it to her and we worked it together until it worked.  then she sent me several new ideas for the second graphic. I tweaked one of those two develop another functional graphic.

What types of graphics can I include?  It really depends on the topic.

In one book, I had a lot of charts including pie graphs, bar graphs and even a flow chart.  I roughed out the flow chart in Illustrator.  My husband plugged data into Excel and used the program to generate the other charts.

I also have a soft spot for maps because I made maps in college. Yes, that was a thing.  I drew plan views and profiles from archaeological sites.  I would also duplicate existing maps to show where sites were in relation to roads, buildings, parks and more.  So I like to include maps whenever possible.  But this has led to the discovery that some graphics people find maps intimidating.  Sometimes I just provide a link and the publisher develops the map such as where the Dakota Access pipeline ran in relation to nearby cities or where various Mayan cities where in the Yucatan

But sometimes the only graphics I can find are too complicated.  When this happens, I get out a black Sharpie and ink up how to write out your numbers 0 to 20 in Mayan.  I actually like getting to ink things up.

Ah, well.  Back to work.  I’ve got four more chapters to copyedit.  Copyediting is much less fun than writing numbers in ancient Mayan.

–SueBE

 

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