Thursday, September 21, 2006

I have three gorgeous print proofs in my hands (or I did a moment ago, had to set them down to type this). Soon there will be four when the finished cover art arrives for Wanton Textiles. The books will be available for purchase in early October.

I am not going to be modest. I am incredibly proud to be publishing each of these titles. In the coming weeks, I'm going to write about them here, a lot.

Cover Design: Shanna Compton

Cover Design: Maureen Thorson

Cover Design: Stacy Elaine Dacheux


At 12:12 AM, Blogger Eduardo C. Corral said...

What amazing covers!

At 1:53 AM, Blogger Jessica Smith said...


oooh! aaah! good job, girls.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger shanna said...

obviously i saw bruce's already, but WOWEE the other two!

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Laurel said...

Holy SHIT! They're amazing!

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Matthew Thorburn said...

These look really really great! In this case, maybe it's okay to judge the books by their covers.

Now I can think of a few other presses that ought to contract their design work out to Maureen and Shanna and Stacy.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Collin said...

These are just gorgeous! Hats off to the artists!

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Radish King said...


>^>^>^ jumps up and down>^>^>^>

falls down on accounta the bad knee


>^>^>^ jumps up and down>^>^>^>

It's been like that for the past week. Gorgeous and perfect eye poppin colors.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Those are gorgeous, all of them! Though I have to say I like Amelia Earhart the best.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger JWG said...

How great is that work!

Reb, could you talk about the quality of paper at Lulu? I remember that they were talking about improving it from what was available last year.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Reb said...

Jim, the paper quality is fine -- standard. It's slightly better via the Lulu printers than other printers (if you buy through Amazon -- that's going to be the case with any POD) -- but even then, the quality is still OK.

What I wish (and have asked for, but haven't seen it implemented yet) is for choice in paper. They've recently offered a lot more choices in book sizes (and even hardcover) -- that's great, although for books with global distribution, there are only two choices in size, 6x9 or 8.5x11 -- I have a feeling this is a restriction because of other printer's limitations, not Lulu's. If someone buys the books on Amazon or other retail outlet, Lulu isn't the one printing it -- the distributor is.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger shanna said...

Jim, if you have any Salt books in your collection, check those out. They also use Lightning Source (one of the same vendors Lulu uses to POD).

I hope Lulu does add more paper choices, but really, I think the books are fine and WAY better made than POD was 5-8 years ago. And the cover stock looks great, I think. The Lulu books are better made than the Cafe Press books, for instance. I have seen offset-printed books that suffer in comparison, even. (And all of them are better than your standard chunky mass-market paperback.)

At 2:46 PM, Blogger K-Oh said...

Those are great covers! Makes most of the other covers I've seen lately seem exceptionally lame.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Those are some hot-ass covers.

If I ever publish a book, I hope it has dogs on the cover. Love it.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Reb said...

Jim, you have copies of the Bedside Guide -- that's the quality from the Lulu printer for the 6x9 books.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger the IMAGINATIVE ACTION REGIME said...

maureen and shanna, you guys are incredibly talented! woah! great work.


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