Archive | Self Publishing the letterpress way

Is there a place for letterpress printing in self-publishing? Now, for those who want to publish a genuinely distinctive book, the answer is “yes.” By streamlining production processes, I have created a way to publish your books using time-proven hot-metal typesetting, letterpress printing and hand binding at a price that won’t break the bank.

Ars Poetica book

Poetry for the underdog

It’s not often when a budding poet reaches into our hearts while exploring the depths of his experiences, but that’s precisely what Nicholas Coughlin did when he took a poetry class at the University of Minnesota.   His poetry isn’t something mystical, something with cavernous meaning, something impenetrable.  It’s just poetry meant for ordinary readers.   As I […]

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The lurking danger of the internet

Several months ago I published a pamphlet titled St. Gutenberg Pray For Us which warned of the dangers inherent in electronic communication.  The other day I came across a column by Paul Rosenberg which voices many of the concerns I have.  Perhaps it will give you something to think about, as it has done for me. […]

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New letterpress book project– tribute to my brother

This past week the work I have been doing for months to get a memorial tribute finished to my brother, who died about three years ago, is finally beginning to take physical form.  After a couple years of pulling together stories about Terry from relatives and friends of his, I compiled these into a manuscript […]

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Photo of cover of Possible Grace letterpress-printed book

A woman’s search to publish her poetry book

A commissioned work by Elva Cowdery Her bucket list book When Elva Cowdery contacted me a few years back, she had a bucket list of projects to complete, one of which was to publish a poetry book she had written.  As with many projects on our bucket lists, her book rested there for sometime until […]

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Are E-books Dying? The resurgence of printed books

Obituary of the printed book premature Now comes yet another story, this time in the New York Times about the impressive rebound of the printed book. With e-book sales soaring just four years ago, the prognosticators of doom declared printed books a vanishing breed. Indeed, at the time with book stores closing and printed book sales […]

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Joseph Ishill remembered

Joseph Ishill broadside available

A printing legend Joseph Ishill, one man alone in his home shop working nights and weekends with his beloved press, turned out some of the finest books published in America. His books [and his pamphlets and other ephemera] are rare because he printed only a few of each and, for the most part gave them […]

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Letterpress memoirs: should you go that route?

Does it make sense to publish your memoir using letterpress? I would like to say yes, but can’t.  If you want to include a lot of photos, then finding another process for your memoir makes sense.  If you are loading your memoir up with various decorative colors, then letterpress may not be your best choice—unless […]

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