Today we had our monthly meeting of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA). Attendance was good, discussion was lively, and our guest speaker gave an excellent presentation. What struck me today, however, was the one-hour Question and Answer session that occupies the first part of our meetings. “What should be in a press kit […]
Some years ago, I published a book that landed on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, which was quite a thrill for my wife and me, as we were running our publishing company from a spare bedroom in our house. Soon enough, the phone started to ring, and one call […]
This post is the third in a series about the creation of a new book. To see all the articles in the series, click “The Journey of a Book” tab at the top of the page. While contemplating the hours it was going to take to make all the corrections to the files produced by […]
Some years ago I was asked to redesign the journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, Chrysalis. This journal presents essays, art, and spiritually-oriented material for their worldwide membership. The new design was clean and organized, and in the process I began a series of cover designs that went on for numerous issues. We needed to create […]
This post is the second in a series about the creation of a new book. To see all the articles in the series, click “The Journey of a Book” tab at the top of the page. Well, I had a “manuscript” for my next book (see previous post here). But the old word processing files […]
For a while clients seemed to be asking for a lot of small, square books. I had done several of these and noticed some similarities in their design. Some types of book are square to accommodate both horizontal and vertical subject matter. A good example is art books of all kinds, paintings, photographs, etchings all […]
There’s no bigger decision you make in designing a book than picking the body typeface. A book by its nature is a long reading experience, and as book publishers we want our books to be as easy to read as possible while communicating the author’s intent.
Searching for old files, the author comes across the raw material for a new book drawn from lectures almost-forgotten and stored in his garage.
At the BAIPA meeting many people wanted to talk about social media and their use for self publishers who would like to use these powerful networking tools. Most people seemed hesitant to try Twitter. I certainly understand the reluctance but Twitter is actually a fairly simple site that can be used in a variety of […]