PSAs: music and publishing

Two quick PSAs before I run away:

(1) Honorable Menschen’s debut CD, By the River (featuring myself!) is now available for PREORDER! Release date is slated for 12/13/2008, with a free concert at Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge. Order in advance for best discount, and pick it up at the concert, or have it shipped in time for Chanukah.

(1a) (We’re also having auditions Nov. 2 and Nov. 5, for those who are interested. Click the link for more info.)

(2) Hey all you Boston-area people interested in publishing… it’s time once again for Bookbuilders of Boston‘s free intro-to-publishing Fall Workshops!

In order to bring a new focus back to our educational mission, Bookbuilders of Boston will offer six free Fall Workshops. We will chart the course of the modern book through the editorial, design, production, and manufacturing processes, and provide insight into who we are, what we do, and why it matters.

Although aimed at entry level staff and students, there’s enough here to attract seasoned pros as well. We have assembled our finest panels ever to offer a better understanding of how books are made.

On six consecutive Thursday evenings at 6:00, from October 9th through November 13th, come to Pearson’s 9th floor at 501 Boylston Street, Boston. Doors open at 5:30, and light refreshments will be served.

And yes, the Fall Workshops are free.

Marty Rabinowitz, President
Kirsten Sims, Chair of the Board
John Walsh, Education Director

Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Brief outline: The story of publishing in Boston; the path of the book, from concept and contract into the editing process, rights and permissions, art and design, production and manufacturing, and marketing; the kinds of publishing done here and the types of jobs available; the story of Bookbuilders and how networking enhances your opportunities; Q&A.
Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, October 16, 6 p.m.
Brief Outline: Acquisitions, contracts, list planning, publication planning, editing styles, manuscript preparation, artwork issues, developmental editing, proofreading, indexing, book design.
Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, October 23, 6 p.m.
Brief Outline: Production techniques, scheduling, estimating, vendor relations, composition and page make-up, processing artwork, electronic prepress, proofing options, the PDF workflow.
Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m.
Brief Outline: How designers reconcile the needs of authors, editors and marketing people with their own aesthetic sense, from concept to approval, through proofing, printing and post press considerations.
Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m.
Brief Outline: The varieties, finishes, qualities, weights, shades and calipers of paper seem almost unlimited and can be intimidating to many people in our business. Where do the increasingly important aspects of recycled content fit into this equation? How can the publisher choose the right paper and control costs? What roles do the printers, the paper merchants and the paper mills play?
Speakers: to be announced

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
Brief Outline: Electronic prepress, printing one, two, four colors (and up), offset v digital, paper considerations, component printing, binding styles, binding materials, domestic v overseas, packing, delivery, fulfillment.
Speakers: to be announced

Bookbuilders of Boston Free 2007 Fall Workshops

(Since I know there are some publishing-interested types on my list here, I’m passing this info along. Of course, this also reminds me that I never have put together that publishing salon I once talked about, but that’s a topic to resume another time.)

Expand your book publishing knowledge by attending the free Bookbuilders of Boston 2007 Fall Workshops! Each free workshop will focus on a particular aspect of the publishing process and will be presented by seasoned professionals.

Wednesday, October 24, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Last year’s evening with Lissa Warren was such a big hit, we’ve invited her back to present:
REINVENTING BOOK PUBLICITY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: The state of the book review, the “new” author tour, and how to prioritize in a world of so many books.
Speaker: Lissa Warren, VP Senior Director of Publicity at Da Capo Press and Adjunct Professor at Emerson College and Boston University.

Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
THE GREENING OF THE BOOK BUSINESS: How The Green Press Initiative and Others Promote Earth-Friendly Publishing
Speaker: John Wash, Director of Production at the Harvard University Press.
Additional speakers TBA

Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Speaker: Jamie MacLachlan, Production Technology Analyst at Cengage Learning.
Additional speakers TBA

Light refreshments will be served!

All workshops will be held at:
Houghton Mifflin Company
222 Berkeley Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA (Arlington Green line T-stop)

Register online at or by phone at (781) 378-1361

Straw poll: Publishing 101 Q&A?

Over the past several months, I’ve had at least three or four people ask to pick my brain about the publishing industry and my (roughly 13 years’) experience in it.

It occurred to me at some point that it might be cool to get them all in a room at once so I can hold sort of a “salon” on the topic.

Unfortunately, this was just one of the many “hey, that would be fun to put together… someday… when I have time” items on my back burner. (So was following up to most of the original inquiries, for which I am sorry.)

So now that I HAVE time to consider such a venture, I’m polling to gauge the real scope of popular interest in the topic. (Which is to say, among my friends and friends-of-friends. But feel free to point people I don’t [yet!] know at this poll, if you think they would also be interested.)

[Poll #949855]

Type/language/publishing geeking links

In honor of my first day of full-time self-employment (as it were), I present a barrage of links that will interest a certain like-minded subset of readers.’s For Your Typographic Information:

Type Trading Cards (gotta catch ’em all!):

Helvetica (a film about typography, screening, incidentally, at MassArt at 7pm on April 11, sayeth ):

Type 1 fonts for TeX use:
CTAN directory:

Fontifier: Your own handwriting as a TrueType font for just $9 (yes, I got one and so did ):

Lorem Ipsum (all true typesetting geeks know that this refers to randomized pseudo-Latin filler text) randomizing generator:

Free online graph paper PDFs:

Glossary of bookbinding terms:

Non-typographical, but useful: Converting a photo to a “painting” in Photoshop:

Non-publishing-related, but language-geekful: the Speech Accent Archive

Bookbuilders of Boston’s list of production-related publishing jobs in the greater Boston area:

… And now, to send out a shul e-mail and hit the showers. :-D