Friday, November 12, 2010

Laura Szumowski Resources!

After her visit to our class, artist /author/self-publisher extraordinaire Laura Szumowski was generous enough to send along this amazing list of resources to share with you all. She also wanted you to know that if you have any questions as you develop your publications, she'd be happy to offer further advice via e-mail. Thanks so much, Laura!

Some Thoughts on Fundraising is a great article on using Kickstarter and similar services to market your project and raise funds ahead of time.

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book
For those of you who want to take the self-publishing into the realm of books, this is the guide Laura mentioned in class. She also points out that there's also a second volume that includes on publishing digital books (for e-readers like the Kindle, etc) for those of you who are interested.

Your Handwriting > Editable DIY Fonts ($9.95) (this is the one Laura used.) ($19.95) ($150) - vLetter Pro has 4 variations for lowercase, and 2 variations for uppercase. Not sure if it's compatible with InDesign and Photoshop. (If files are converted to PDF before going to the printer, it should be fine.) ($80) - converts handwriting to a TrueType font.

Printers for Books/Publishing:
Grace Printing (where Tip of the Iceberg was printed)
Cushing-Malloy in Ann-Arbor, MI (where Cycling is being published)

Printers and Templates for Postcards, Business Cards and Mailers:
Sharp Dots - full-color, good deals
Overnight Prints - glossy, cheap, full-color, and fast

and last but not least,
Laura's Distribution Bookeeping Form

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