The Formatting Mod Guide
The formatting guide is currently unfinished.
Some zines are cost first, so the finance mod gives dimensions. Other zines are vision first, then the finance mod will be budgeting based on what is wanted. Most cost effective dimensions will most likely be standard paper dimensions associated with the region where the book is printed.
Text and Fonts
Fonts that look good printed and fonts that look good on screen are different
CMYK Printing uses CMYK inks: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (Black).
Book Formatting Notes
Pages are referred to as “sides”. One piece of paper has 2 sides.
Unlike Graphics, which tends to be pre-planned, formatting can have unexpected issues cropping up under tight time constraints, a different etiquette might be necessary.
It's possible that the mod team decides to go with a change and then notify the contributor after the change was made:
“Asking for forgiveness” introduces a risk. The impacts of going ahead VS waiting should always be assessed. See: Managing Risk
Ideally, bring the contributor into the discussion and tell them of the problem(s) in order to find a solution together.
For extreme time sensitivity: Set a deadline that the contributor should respond by, inform them of what would happen should they not respond, then use your best effort to get in touch. This might mean contacting them on all platforms (messages, email, socials).
To be added: merch formatting, page setup (& providing templates), pdf export, image examples