Thoughtful decisions concerned with details marginal or
marginalized conspire to affect greatness. (Hairline spacing
after em dashes in online editing software — for example.) The
creative process around these decisions being equal parts
humility and diligence. The humility to try again and again, and
the diligence to suffer your folly enough times to find the right
A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we
care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so
much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into
harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no,
we will not not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.
A book with proper margins says, We respect you, Dear Reader, and
also you, Dear Author, and you, too, Dear Book.