Publishing for Small Press Runs: How to Print and Market from 20 to 200 Copies of Your Book 1st Edition

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  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Chatgris Pr; 1st edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096583803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965838030
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,148,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Michael Smith is an author, editor, publisher, editorial photojournalist, lecturer, and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has published hundreds of articles in dozens of technical, trade, and scientific journals, and consumer magazines. Moreover, he has written 12 books pioneering a variety of topics. His former position as managing editor of an internationally acclaimed peer-reviewed scientific specialty research journal was the impetus for his first book "The Peer-Reviewed Journal--A Comprehensive Guide through the Editorial Process," which is the first book to detail the nuances of editorial office setup and management for periodicals and has sold in more than a dozen countries.

"From Bean to Brew--A History of Coffee and Coffeehouses" is based on his graduate thesis in communications. This is one of the few texts that provide an in-depth analysis of coffeehouses and varieties of coffee, and elaborates on New Orleans' distinction as home to Silocaf--the world's largest bulk coffee handling facility. "The Complete Guide to Driving Etiquette--Taking the Rules of the Road a Step Further" is a response to the growing incidences of road rage, and may be the only book currently available that addresses in one text the acts of polite, courteous, and safe driving.

A documentation/publications specialist by trade, Mr. Smith applied his writing, editing, and publishing experience to develop the first book on independent publishing that details digital production processes as well as point of purchase book manufacturing and print on demand for extremely small press run books. Consequently, he teaches a course on this topic that he developed based on his book "Publishing for Small Press Runs--How to Print and Market from 20 to 200 Copies of Your Book." Another title, "Perfecting Your Prose--A Guide to Improved Grammar" also is used as a course text.

Having moved from self-publisher to small press, Mr. Smith published "Guided Meditation--Creative Visualization for Generating Energy and Managing Stress," a text focusing on creative visualization, which was written by a former colleague. His publishing company also distributes the book "Angelina's Favorite Recipes--A Personal Collection of Sicilian Style Italian Recipes"--a unique Italian cookbook published by the mother of a childhood friend.

Another groundbreaking nonfiction text, "Operating Procedures for Association Chapters and Committees--Developing Usable Guidelines for Officers and Managers" is perhaps the only book to offer useful information and practical advice on developing and organizing a local chapter of an international professional organization. This one-of-a-kind text is divided into two parts and details roles and responsibilities of administrative council members who run the chapter and the managers who assist them by heading various chapter committees.

"Writing for Magazines and Trade Journals--Finding Them, Writing for Them, Getting Paid By Them" is another text used to teach a course as is "Movie Extra 101--Your Shortcut to Stardom." Another book initially developed as a classroom text is "Gainfully Employed--A Guide to Résumé Writing, Job Hunting, and Effective Interviewing." This title by Mr. Smith also was used in a presentation to the Louisiana Department of Labor's Employment Office in New Orleans. "On-Demand Publishing--Strategies for Printing on Demand, Point of Purchase Book Manufacturing, and Virtual Publishing" is based on a presentation Mr. Smith made at a conference of the Society for Technical Communication. "Getting Grease--A Guide to Effective Complaint Resolution and Consumer Protection" about complaint resolution was written as a response to the needs of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and he wrote it while relocated in Memphis, TN.

Recently, Mr. Smith has focused on photography to complement his writing and teaching. As such his latest book is "Through the Lens--A Field Guide to Digital Photography," which he also wrote for a course he teaches on beginning and advanced photographic composition techniques, and is based on his work as an editorial photojournalist for Louisiana's premier film and television industry trade journal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2002
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Now available in an updated second edition, Gary Smith's Publishing For Small Press Runs: How To Print And Market From 20 To 200 Copies Of Your Book is a hard, candid, practical look at the serious obstacles to the economic viability of small press publishers. The most profound problem confronting the independent publisher or self-published author, is that small presses lack economy of scale, i.e. they are publishing fewer numbers of their book(s) for with a higher per unit cost. Informative and insightful chapters specifically address how to make the best of small press economic realities and still turn a healthy profit by carefully controlling costs. Publishing For Small Press Runs is an absolute "must" for self-publishers or executives of small presses who seek to profit from tens to hundreds of books, rather than the more traditional tens of thousands of copies traditionally produced by the large corporate publishing houses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Poynter VINE VOICE on March 21, 2000
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Publishing for Small Press Runs is all about writing,producing, selling and promoting your book. The really excitingrevelations are about the new electronic pre-press procedure, PDF formatting and digital printing. Gary takes you through the growth of independent publishing (there are 55,000 of us out here), how to set up your publishing business, how to get a copyright and otherwise protect your work, how to build your manuscript and, finally, ways to market your finished book. The book has lots of resources with Web URLs. END
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEVE OKEEFE on December 22, 2000
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This book is an essential edition to the small publisher's library. Smith teaches self-publishing at the University of New Orleans and practices what he preaches. This book is best read before embarking on a small publishing project, then referred to as specific issues come up, such as dealing with postal authorities or manuscript prep for electronic publication. Highly recommended.
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