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Re: Self-published best-sellers?



I, too, am interested in how to even begin this kind of project!  I am
concerned about the costs involved.  (unfortunately for market purposes),
exactly what kind of materials and at what costs will the public buy an
artist's book?  Since the growth of the stampers' industry, with its
emphasis on odd (and nicely done craftsmanship in many cases) book
structures are quite the rage.  So where does a traditional book binder
turned book artist (which I think of as a person who makes a book with
content either letterpresses or calliged and then differently bound with
traditional materials, and small editions) sell his/her work?  A great topic
for discussion.  jansapp@GTE.NET
-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Valenta <bvalenta@MINDSPRING.COM>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Friday, December 24, 1999 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: Self-published best-sellers?


>I came across this message and thought it sounded interesting. I have no
>project at the moment but would like to stay in touch and hear more details
>about possibilities as they develop. Barbara Valenta
>
>At 08:55 PM 5/22/1999 EDT, you wrote:
>>I have been following this thread with more than a little interest.
>>
>>A  project I'm currently involved in is a recreation of Pig Pen Pete by
>>Elbert Hubbard which will be typeset in hot lead on Monotype, printed
>>letterpress in an edition of 250, and hand bound (in pigskin, of course).
I'm
>>about halfway through the typesetting phase. If anyone happens to need a
>>poetry chapbook or other type of book with a limited run and high quality,
I
>>would love to talk to you offline.
>>
>>The dilemma that I constantly face is that short run and high quality
>>letterpress tend to result in a book priced in the $40 and up range. By
the
>>time this project is finished, I will probably have invested close to
$10,000
>>in my own time and money. I have been looking for some way to expand the
>>number and types of projects that I can print in a year.
>>
>>I am in the final stages of putting together a company that would provide
>>authors with a means to self publish their work. This would involve taking
>>manuscripts or typeset digital files and printing perfect bound books on a
>>digital printing press in quantities as low as 10.
>>
>>This would result in being able to self publish a book for several hundred
>>dollars instead of several thousand. Files could be held and printed on
>>demand as sales warranted.
>>
>>An interesting variation would involve marketing the books directly to the
>>independent booksores by being able to actually personalize the cover with
>>something along the lines of "This reader's copy printed forJohn Doe, XYZ
>>Booksellers.
>>
>>Hopefully this post won't be seen as being too crassly commercial, I would
>>really like some feedback on whether this type of program would be
helpful.
>>
>>Thank you,
>>
>>Zack Hamric
>>Two Swallows Press
>>
>
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