By Davis Taylor who has had me print three of his books:
“Yes, I would like to continue our collaboration. I have two books near completion. . . . I really value your work, and although the last book hasn’t reached more than twenty people so far, I have been getting rave reviews for how the book feels in the hand, how it strikes the eye, how much care has been put into it. One person even remarked, “Wow, are books still being made by hand?” [I realize, your work isn’t quite by hand, but almost.] I don’t think she’d experienced a real book before. So, we are dinosaurs, but surviving unlike them.”
By Elva Cowdery whose book Possible Grace was on her bucket list:
“People comment on the lovely paper, the design, and the quality printing as much as the poetry itself. Several people have asked where I had it done and I’m happy to direct them to your website.
“Thank you again for the two beautiful hard cover copies of the book. My son has one and my daughter has the other.
“This is overdue, but it’s my pleasure to send this inscribed copy of Possible Grace to you.
“With kindest regards,”
I asked Elva if she would permit me to quote her note on my web page. This was her reply:
“Your letter arrived this morning and it touched me deeply. I would be pleased and honored to have you include my note on your web page.
“Since the publication of Possible Grace I’ve often recommended [you] to those who admired the quality and elegance of the printing. I also make a point of mentioning how much I appreciated your patience, kindness, and personal attention to detail while working with a novice like myself! You made the entire experience less daunting and more rewarding than I ever imagined it could be.
‘Your thoughts about time passing and the importance of accomplishing what is meaningful in our lives rings true and clear to me. I can empathize when you say that progress is slow and sometimes painful. It reminds me that all of us need encouragement, and we never know when some thoughtful gesture on our part may be a source of support to someone else. I believe we are all vulnerable and uncertain to some degree, only the timing and circumstances differ.
“Thank you, kindred spirit, for your eloquent letter. My regards to you and your family and best of luck in all your future endeavors.”
By Bruce Burnside who wanted his book to have a special feel:
“Hiring the professional printing services of Michael Coughlin is, in itself, an act of rebellion and unrest towards the world of today. It is admitting that the personal touch of quality he employs in his craft is what you desire above all. It also means that you would prefer a quieter approach to think things through, with less velocity swirling around, as you decide to print something that will last and function into the future. Working with Michael on a project is like climbing up into the tree house and meeting someone else who works hard to be able to take the time to look out over the valley with the knowledge and satisfaction that they are doing their best work.”