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"Smart and accessible, informative and attractive, insightful and inspiring, Publish Your Photography Book is required reading for anyone who wants to get into the game today." -- La Lettre De La Photographie, April 25, 2011

"An invaluable resource." -- PDNedu, Spring 2011

"Not only a useful tool, this book is a good read for anyone interested in art, photography or publishing." --Mocoloco.com, April 12, 2011

"If you're serious about getting your work into print and into the hands of a wider audience, this will be the best $30 you can spend." --Popular Photography, June 2011

About the Author

Darius Himes was a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist and is a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts. Himes is also a lecturer, consultant, and writer who has contributed to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a consultant in the area of licensing and marketing fine-art photography. Swanson frequently lectures and conducts workshops and educational programs for photographers and students. A respected judge of competitions and awards as well as portfolio reviewer, she is widely recognized for her blog Marketing Photos, a valued resource for photographers.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Original edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988832
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since I have become very interested in publishing, I couldn't wait for this book to come out. A how-to guide from industry insiders that promises to "demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs"? Yes, please. And published by Princeton Architectural Press? I couldn't wait. And then I had to because the publishing date kept getting pushed back (there's a lesson in publishing right there--and a typical scenario for all things photo book). Well, I finally got my copy and read through the whole thing in one sitting. My conclusion in two words: pretty. disappointing.

Nice things first. The book is beautifully designed and printed. The paper is a joy to touch. The use of white space is refined. The imagery is well chosen. Even the inner inner flaps of the book are lovely. The whole thing could be filled with lorem ipsum and I would still leaf through it with pleasure.

I could be snotty and say "and it may as well have been," but that would be unfair. The content isn't bad, but it just isn't satisfying. It tries to do too much and ends up doing too little.

The book is divided into six sections:

1. The Photography Book Phenomenon

This section reads like a seminar intro. Something to make you excited to have spent your money. This is the golden age of photography, etc. etc. Preaching to the choir. Nothing particularly revelatory or insightful, but it earns the spirit stick for pep.

2. The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing

Promising. A longer chapter that promises to get down to the nitty-gritty. The chapter is subdivided into sections about "evaluating and refining your concept, "Behind the Editorial Door: Understanding How Publishers Work," "Submissions and the Path toward Publication" and so on.
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I have no doubt that most serious photographers, after wanting to set up a web site, have at least thought how nice it would be to publish a book of their photographs. There's plenty of help around about setting up a web-site, but the process of getting a book published is less familiar territory.

The authors, who are active in the photography book publishing industry, originally prepared this material as a series of articles for "photo-eye Magazine" an on-line site about photography books. The book opens with a short history of photography books, and then covers the nuts and bolts of getting one's book published, examining the structure of the publishing industry and the players the photographer will encounter in publishing and marketing the book. There is a chapter entitled case studies, which follows individual photographers and their considerations in getting their books published. Each chapter also includes interviews with various participants in the process. There are a number of appendices, including listings of publishers, distributers, related blog sites and so forth.

As befits a book on publishing photography books, the volume is well designed, with pages that feel crisp and generously use white space and attractive graphics. Unfortunately the content is not of the same quality as the form. Perhaps it was a natural result of trying to reformat materials originally prepared as articles but much seems missing on both the micro and macro level. For example, an important question is why one would want to have one's photographs in a book? An answer might be just to derive the pleasure of having one's work in hand, but in that case, many of the publication-on-demand services like Blurb can provide that more economically.
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I was very eagerly awaiting this book but very disappointed. I respect the writers greatly and know they have much wisdom and know-how to impart. BUT the type is so miniscule you actually need a magnifying glass to read a caption. The type size overall was sacrificed for the excess of blank space presumably for some aesthetic purpose. Form follows function!! A book must be readable first, prettily designed second. I've had it several years now and it is just too much work to read it so I haven't. I set it aside for when I want to make that extra effort just to decipher the tiny type and read it.
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The authors of this book clearly have figured out how to capitalize on the aspirations of creatives, which is pretty under-handed. There is very little useful information in this book, and it feels like it was written in a matter of days. I feel a bit ripped off.
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This book is a gold mine of information for anyone wanting to publish a photography book. It breaks down a complex subject in an easy to understand format and is infused with case studies and beautiful pictures of example books. The appendix section is excellent. It contains book anatomy, timelines for design, production, and marketing, worksheets, checklists, charts, and resources. Everything that you would need to know is covered.
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For the last several months I have been impatiently waiting for this book to be available, and my impatience grew as my own photography book draft moved towards publication. I had followed ideas the two authors had set forth in a one day workshop 3 years ago, and I was eager for more of their expert guidance. The long-awaited release allowed me to get a copy and just hours before contract negotiations , so I devoured it in a non-stop read. I was so much better prepared, with the right questions and with insights into what was important to ask for and what was reasonable to expect. What a treasure the book is! Well-written, comprehensive, rich in examples, handsome, it gives ideas and insights into every step of the process of preparing a draft, seeking a publisher, negotiating contract terms, marketing the book and more. I will return to it again and again for the next steps (alas getting a contract doesn't mean you can sit back and relax). I already ordered 2 more copies as gifts for friends. It should be on every serious photographer's bookshelf or better yet, night table.
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