I have a seven page long paper which will be assembled with other papers. I know that the first page of my paper will be page 68 in the assembled work. What can i do to tell LaTeX to start counting from 68?
you can usually set the desired page number by
there are some commands, e.g.
\chapter, that may result in an increased page number (see below); in such a case, you should set the value to one less than what you want to start with.
also, be aware that
\chapter will, by definition, start on an odd-numbered page, and this may result in the page number being increased. your span starts with an even-numbered page. if that is a problem, ask for more help.
You can use
although if you're creating a 'chapter-like' file, then you probably want
\includeonly as detailed in How to create individual chapter PDFs