Before the advent of digital printing and print-on-demand production, publishers had no choice but to print on offset presses, and most books today continue to be printed by offset. Book presses are large, noisy, oily pieces of heavy machinery. There are separate parts of the press for each color that will be printed, with separate […]
Years ago my wife and I went to a wedding at a very prestigious “club” here in San Francisco. My wife looked gorgeous as always, and I wore a very nice light gray English wool suit that seemed suitably low-key. When we walked in the door I realized that I “hadn’t received the memo” because […]
If you are intending to use a “Publishing Services” company to publish your book (and I’m not suggesting that you should) you owe it to yourself to surf on over to Mick Rooney’s POD, Self Publishing and Independent Publishing blog. The Most Detailed Reviews in the Business Mick doesn’t just grab some copy from a […]
Amid all the discussion about self-publishing we can forget that each decision to publish is a specific, unique, and very personal calculation. Hey, there are as many “reasons” to publish a book as there are people to publish them, but some authors are ideally placed to make use of the self-publishing tools available these days. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.