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January Projects - Bookbaby publishing tryout

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January Projects - Bookbaby publishing tryout

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El Segundo Blue Butterfly
Bookbaby is a self-publishing firm that has a promotion on till January 31 - publish a single copy of a book for $19. Well, then you add $10.79 for UPS second day air postage, and $2.50 for tax. So the whole thing costs just under $33 for one copy of your magnum opus. So I decided to try this out, using some books I had already written but had not pursued publication on: A Blackwork Anthology (printed version of my self-documenting blackwork sampler book), and Jewels on the Page (my Insular Art How-to book - written before Aiden Meehan's books came out, but because of that, now OBE).

They have both been submitted. It took about a month to format them for publication, using MS Word. The Anthology is 5.5" x 8.5", lots of photos, very little text. Getting Word to turn it into a PDF was an adventure of its own. That is hardcover, glossy cover, 108 pp. All photos CYMK instead of RGB, resolution of at least 300dpi.

Jewels is 8.5" x 11", soft cover, glossy cover, spiral bound, 120 pp. Lots and lots of illustrations, and a few photographs of bits from 1000-year-old mss. Also formatted in Word, but not as problematic because it is standard page size. Redid a lot of illustrations in Illustrator, but not all of them, so some look a little "out of focus." All the chapter titles and subsections are in red ink, and there are a few color pictures. All that color inside, and no extra charge. I did ask for the glossy paper, too - we'll see how it looks. This is the format I'm planning for the Elizabethan Lozenges book.

Here are the covers I designed for the two books (spread out):

 photo Digest-Hard-Cover-Blackwork_zpsbuwvdeyr.jpg

 photo JewelsPageCover_zpsjkg2oi15.jpg
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