From Hot Metal to Cool Books
Discouraged 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, how can a writer make his or her book stand apart?
Forget today’s mantra that computer-generated books are your only option: its no longer electronic publishing or nothing. 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 also 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 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.
Electronic Print-on-demand is no longer your only option
Until recently, print-on-demand publishing has been the only reasonable alternative for people with limited budgets.
But times they are a changing as old-fashion letterpress book printing has enjoyed an amazing revival.
Whether it be poetry, short stories, novels or memoirs, self-publishing the letterpress way can be a cost-effective method to transform your manuscript from the ordinary into a keepsake–and do it within a budget.
Explore the possibilities with hot-metal typesetting and letterpress printing!
Having your book typeset into hot metal and then letterpress printed isn’t free, but for those with a yen to create an heirloom book, 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.
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, you owe it to yourself to explore all available publishing options.
A little about my shop and services
Here 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.
I became frustrated with people telling me that while they dream of publishing their books with letterpress printing, they can’t afford to do so. So I set about streamlining my typesetting, printing and binding processes so I could make letterpress printing more affordable. I am dedicated to helping people with limited financial resources to have their dream book done in hot metal and printed letterpress. My shop is a Kindle-free zone where I specialize in creating limited-edition books and pamphlets for discriminating writers who want their manuscripts to exude a refined, quiet elegance. Letterpress can do it –classically and affordably.
Letterpress books a step above the crowd
With my collection of handset type, Linotype and Ludlow typecasting equipment and platen and cylinder presses and my in-house book binding service, together we can take your dream from manuscript to finished book all under one roof.
What some say about their letterpress books
Some of the authors who have had their books typeset, printed and bound by me shared their observations with me and you may find their comments useful. So have a look at what they wrote before deciding whether letterpress printing makes sense for you.
Please contact me if you would like more information about the letterpress options available and about how we can work together to craft the book you always dreamed of publishing. You can be an independent publisher and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing your book(s) become reality. When working with me you keep all rights to your book, you enjoy total control over every aspect of marketing and you keep all your profits. That’s just part of the streamlined process I have created to make letterpress books affordable.