SILENT BOOK CONTEST FAQ


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Is it possible to enter a book project created by two or more authors?

Yes, it’s possible to take part with a group project with two or more authors. Should the winning design be a collective or group project, the award will be divided among the authors and the publication agreement drawn up in the name of all the authors.


Is it possible to enter more than one project?

Yes, it is possible to enter a maximum of three projects per author. Each project should be individually registered as it is not possible to send more than one project at the same time: therefore the enrolment process should be repeated for each project entered.


Why do I have to use a pen-name?

The author has to register his or her project with a pen-name because the projects presented to the International Jury during the selection process for the final entrants are anonymous. The PDF file should have only the author’s pen-name followed by the title of the book, for example: Penname-TitleoftheBook.pdf

The Jury will only be able to identify the entries sent to them by means of the title and pen-name as used by the authors.


Do I have to put the title and pen-name on the cover?

It is obligatory to put the title on the cover, while inclusion of the author’s pen-name is optional and at the author’s discretion.


Should the cover be illustrated?

Yes, the cover should be illustrated on both front and back pages.


In the number of double pages that I have chosen, do I have to include endpapers, title pages, colophons, blank pages etc.?

No, the pages used for endpapers, title pages, colophons, blank pages  etc. are not included in the number of double pages chosen among the three possibilities and should not be inserted in addition to these.

Endpapers, title pages and other informative pages will be included and defined by the publisher as necessary at the time of printing, should the book project be selected as the winning entry.


Should I include the pages for endpapers, title pages, colophons, blank pages etc. in the layout?

No,  the layout should consist  exclusively of the front and back cover and the number of double pages chosen by the author from the three options as specified in the rules. Pages used for endpapers, title pages, colophons, blanks etc are not included in the number of double pages listed in the three possibilities and should be added to these.

Endpapers, title pages and other informative pages will be included and defined by the publisher as necessary at the time of printing, should the book project be selected as the winning entry.


Should I send a story-board of my book design?

No.


How many illustrations can I put on each double page?

There is no limit to the number of illustrations per double page and/or the cover. You can choose a double page for a single illustration, r two pr more illustrations for each double page.


Should the illustrations have  a border or can they be trimmed (with no margins)?

Illustration layout and margins are up to the Author; they can be framed, trimmed (with no margins) cropped, etc. and as many as the Author deems opportune, necessary and essential for telling the story.


Is it possible to include characters/numbers/written elements in the illustrations?

Any written characters or numbers are allowed inside the illustrations provided they have only a decorative  and not fictional function. Keep in mind that what may seem insignificant for one language, may not be so for another, especially for languages that use or do not use ideograms, Cyrillic characters etc..


Is it possible to include photographs or sections taken from photographs?

Photographs or any part of them taken from or reproduced from magazines or other publications may not be used if subject to author’s copyright and currently being used by third parties. For further information, check section 9 of the Rules of the Silent Book Competition – Regulations for taking part before using non-original images.


Do the illustrations have to be final versions or can I include pencil sketches in the layout?

No, all the illustrations from the book project included in the layout have to be final versions, both those on the cover and those inside.


Do I have to send original versions or prints of the final illustrations?

No, original versions or printed versions of the final illustration do not need to be sent. Should your entry be selected among the final entries, the Secretary’s office will tell you what material you should send for the exhibition.


Do I have to send a layout in paper format?

No, the layout should only be sent as a PDF file and when you are completing the on-line enrolment. Should your project be selected among the final entries, the Secretary’s office will tell you what material you should send for the exhibition.


Can I send a file version of the layout in a format other than PDF?

No, the layout should only be sent as a single PDF file.

Don’t send layouts in separate (more than one) PDF files.


I have tried to send the layout file in a different file format to PDF: it was rejected and I couldn’t complete the enrolment procedure.

I have tried to send the layout file in PDF format but which is bigger than 10 Mb: it was rejected and I couldn’t complete the enrolment procedure.

If during the enrolment and layout upload process the file that you are trying to send is either bigger than 10 Mb or in a different format, it will be rejected and it will not be possible to complete the enrolment procedure.


My PDF layout file exceeds 10 Mb, how can I reduce its size?

To create a PDF file with a maximum size of 10 Mb, you should use the following procedure (to create a PDF file of the layout  you should use InDesign or another page layout software):

1 - before putting it into the layout file, save the illustrations file in jpg format with the RGB Generic colour profile and not in CMYK (you should only use the .jpg maximum quality format with a resolution of 100 or 150 dpi max.)

2 – save the layout file as 'high quality PDF' (available in the default options in Adobe PDF from InDesign  and /or Photoshop)

3 – select the 'Spreads' option

4 – do not create PDFs with tags

5 – only export visible layers

6 – do not include bookmarks, links, anything that cannot be printed, such as guidelines and grids

7 – use JPEG compression with “high” image quality

8 – do not include indicators for press or printing  marks

9 – do not use colour converters and do not include color and print profiles


for further information on creating PDF files:

http://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/exporting-publishing-pdf.html


What name should I give the PDF file before sending it?

The layout PDF file should only be named with the author’s pen-name followed by the title of the book, for example:


Penname-TitleoftheBook.pdf


Be careful: when naming the PDF file, do not leave spaces between the words and only use hyphens or underscores to separate the author’s name from the title. Do not use numbers, symbols and special characters and do not cancel the .pdf tag.


Before sending:

• Check that the PDF file meets the above-listed specifications.

• Remember that it is not possible to download PDF files that are bigger than 10 Mb.

• Remember that it isn’t possible to download files in any format other than PDF.

• Remember that ZIP and other compressed file formats will not be accepted.

• The final date for registration and for sending the pdf files is January 31th 2018.


I sent an incomplete/incorrect/damaged PDF file, can I replace it?

Yes, it is possible to replace the PDF file. Enter in your personal area with the personal code and password that you have received at your e-mail address, click REMOVE AND REPLACE and follow the instructions.

WARNING: it is possible to replace a PDF file only once.

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