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Self publishing a novel

I always said I was going to write a novel, but for many years, I never got round to it. There was always something else to do. This year, I managed to actually do it, and while I can't say that I've picked up a huge book contract, I'm still pretty proud of the book I wrote so I'm self-publishing it and selling it to bookstores myself. It's a steep learning curve to work out how to get my book printed and working out all of the details of how the physical book will look. This website is a glimpse into the physical side of printing up your own self-published books for other new authors.


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Print and Protect: How to Care For Your Laser Jet Printer

by Lourdes Ramos

Printers are often vital and expensive bits of equipment. To get the most out of your printer, you need to take care of it properly. By following the tips below you can help to extend the life of your printer and keep the print quality high.

Avoid Moisture

Making sure your printer is not exposed to moisture. If a laser jet printer is exposed to high levels of humidity, the paper can absorb moisture which is boiled as the ink is applied, causing the paper to wrinkle as it passes through the printer.

Keep Your Printer Clean

You should clean your printer on a regular basis. Your owner's manual will have instructions on how to clean your model of printer, but there are a few universal steps. First, if the printer has recently been in use, ensure that it is turned off and allowed to cool before commencing cleaning. While the computer is cooling, you should wipe the outside of the printer with a moist, lint-free cloth. Once the printer has cooled, you should remove the paper trays, toner cartridges and toner guard. Then use a cloth to wipe the inner workings of the printer, wiping away any dust. Finally, wipe down the rollers and replace the paper tray and toner. You can also use compressed air to remove dust from the fan and vent.

Cover Your Printer

To help keep your printer clean, you should cover your printer with a cloth when it is not in use. While it might seem like a pain to have to keep removing and replacing the cover, in the long run, this will pay off. If dust and debris enter your printer, it can cause problems. The most likely problem will be frequent paper jams, which, as well as being annoying, could lead to more serious damage. If particles of dust get underneath the printer head, you will start to see smudges or lines on your printed documents.

Keep Your Software Updated

Looking after your printer isn't just about keeping it in top mechanical condition, it is also about keeping your software and drivers updated. If can be easy to ignore update reminders, but when it comes to your printer, this could cause you problems, such as the printer refusing to print, or for documents to be formatted incorrectly. Avoid this by regularly checking for updates from the manufacturer. 

For more information, contact a printing service in your area.