Self-published books are often associated with poor workmanship with regard to writing, editing, design and production. Moreover, even high-end books of today rarely compare to the quality of bookmakers’ standard offerings from the days of hot metal type.

I work creatively to push the limitations of print-on-demand production, and leverage its advantages to allow you to offer an elegant volume at an affordable price.

Binding
Hardcover books are bound with cloth, gold foil-stamped on the spine and feature a colorful dust jacket.

Book Block Design
Typography is carefully researched, and a mix of early twentieth century and contemporary faces are selected. With regard to layout, the margins are based on classic bookmaking alchemy rather than on any need to conserve space for printing economy. Trade publishers must invest in printing thousands of copies of a book before there is any indication it will succeed. They employ smaller, more tightly-packed text and narrower margins to offset expense and risk at the cost of good design and comfortable reading. The leading (line spacing) in my book designs is generous; reading is easy on the eyes.

Readers must be the final arbiters of quality for both the story and the design, but after looking after the tiny details, you’ll be proud to present your book to book-lovers—elegant, comfortable to read and a worthy challenge to anyone who derides self-publishing as the domain of amateurs.