Friday, April 6, 2012


Yesterday I mailed a box to McNaughton & Gunn, my printer. It contained a paperback version of David Kokernot and rolled-up proofs of its dust jacket and endsheets, each with my approval signature across the front. In six weeks or so, finished books will arrive at Kullyspel Press's loading dock (aka my garage).

I have always been fascinated by the process of publishing books--their editing, design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. This is the manufacturing step. The book is being printed on an offset press, which has very high setup costs but also high quality in the final product. It is not practical to print proofs on an offset press, so the interior of the book was proofed on a digital press (like a large laser printer with binding capability) and the jacket and endsheets on a large inkjet printer tuned to mimic the colors of the offset press. My signature on the interior proof signified there were no formatting or assembly errors and on the inkjet prints that the colors were what I wanted.


Anonymous said...

Alan, congratulations on finishing the manuscript. Please let me know when and where I can get a copy of the book. Your meticulous research ha s told me more about my Texas forebears than 40+ years of my own ever revealed. Thanks for all your hard work.
Vaughan Burdin (descendent of Lizzie Barber Thomas -and Vaughan Thomas

Alan said...

Thanks for the kind note, Vaughan. The book will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and whatever bookstores choose to stock it, by July 1, probably sooner. I will announce availability here. If you want to leave me your email address (Use "Contact Us" at the publisher site: I will mail you an announcement, too.