From Hot Metal to Cool BooksDiscouraged about ever publishing your book? There are [letterpress] options you may not yet have explored. Do-it-yourself publishing has become an affordable and, sometimes, relatively easy way to turn your manuscript into the book you have long dreamed of publishing. But in this world of ho-hum, print-on-demand books, what chance does a writer have to make his or her book stand apart? We have become locked into the idea that computer-generated books are our only option: electronic publishing or nothing. And this prison of either/or has left many writers frustrated. Absolutely, there is a place for on-demand-publishing. It has opened up a world of possibilities for writers to sidestep the cumbersome and discouraging routine of searching for an agent or filling desk drawers with stacks of rejection notices. But while the publishing world has been transformed by print-on-demand, it has been condemned to a new world of formula books, books that are cranked out by the hundreds of thousands in modern book factories that pride themselves on "instant" publishing. These books look alike because they are alike. They have to be if those printing factories are going to survive. But in this race to the bottom, in the passion to cut costs, much of the charm and appeal of books published long ago has vanished.
Print-on-demand is no longer the only optionUntil recently, print-on-demand publishing, either with traditional paper books or new electronic books, has been the only reasonable alternative for people with limited budgets. But times they are a changing! Interestingly, while electronic do-it-yourself publishing has become the go-to option for authors, old-fashion letterpress book printing has enjoyed an amazing revival. It's no secret that in the past few decades, letterpress printing has been rediscovered as the gold standard of printed wedding invitations. But often it is incredibly expensive. Certainly, high prices add a mystique to the process as some printers have purposely crafted the illusion that letterpress printing must be expensive printing. It feeds their bottom line. As the old song says, "It ain't necessarily so." This is particularly true with some innovative letterpress printers who have turned their attention to printing short-run books. Whether it be poetry, short stories, novels or memoirs, self-publishing the letterpress way can be the most cost-effective way to transform your manuscript from the ordinary into a keepsake and do it within a budget. Surprised?
Explore your optionsHaving your book typeset into hot metal and then letterpress printed isn't free, but for those with a yen to step away from the ordinary while confined by budget restrictions, it is no longer beyond your reach. Call me for a one-on-one consultation and a free quote. Of course, I would like to be your book printer, but I am not the right one for every author, nor for every book project. Over the years that I have been typesetting and printing books, authors have asked lots of questions about the letterpress process. Rightfully, you will want to know whether having your book letterpress printed makes sense. I have pulled together the most frequently asked questions and will attempt to answer them both on my web site and through my blogs and occasional newsletters. If you would like to receive my newsletters, just fill out this simple form.
Questions?If you have special questions you would like to discuss, please feel free to write or to call. I will do what I can to answer your inquiries. Whether you select me as your printer, choose another letterpress printer or decide to use on-demand printing, I hope you will at least explore all available publishing options and not be locked into thinking you are condemned to print-on-demand.
A little about my shop and servicesHere in this old-fashioned printing shop, I offer a range of editorial and publishing services to make the process of getting your book published as easy as possible:
- Help with editing your manuscript.
- Ghost writing, when needed.
- Design recommendations.
- Binding advice.