Welcome one and all! Monday, Dec 22 2008 

We are an independent publisher, specializing in genealogy and history. In business since 1970, we have been online since the 1980’s, but this is our first blog. First known as Gregath Company and more recently as The Gregath Publishing Company, we incorporated in 2010. Locally, our print shop is known as Timbercreek Limited. Feel free to poke around, visit the websites listed, and comment. We look forward to growing and expanding our service and support for the next 40 years – and beyond!

Visit our full website – click here.

Click here for our catalog of books for sale.

February 2016 E-Zine: Complete Monday, Feb 1 2016 

Design Inspiration
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At the earliest, as you complete your manuscript, you should begin thinking about what editions you will be publishing in. Estimated page count, target usage, and type of binding may dictate different maximum page margins for traditionally printed books. Depending on the software options (index, end/foot note, etc.) you use to produce your work separate manuscript files for each edition may be needed. Preliminary work for electronic edition may be done in a word processing application followed by a straight conversion (such as PDF) or export for more work done in a program geared to produce electronic publication manuscripts.

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/layout.html
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Using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign (or other program of this type)? While it is easy to place frames and objects outside of your established margins and even running off the edge of the page (full bleed), remember margins are necessary to produce a page pleasing to the eye and many forms of standard printing do not allow for no margin or bleed printing. Always place all elements, unless previously discussed with your publisher, within your established margins.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/tips/selfmanuscript.html
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Marketing advice
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In the 21st century Social Networking is not going away. Where you may have “pressed the flesh” and been active in organizations to network in the past (thus getting the word out on your current and past projects), getting involved in the online community can be great if your marketing is “grass roots” based. Don’t go crazy – it will just result in more stress about learning something new: Learn about your options, join one at a time and monitor a bit before making it a marketing platform. In this way, if the interface or tone doesn’t seem right for you, you won’t gain followers you’ll abandon if you discontinue.

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Genealogy ideas – this issue marketing applies to genealogy as well.
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Computer aid!?! – see Design Inspiration this issue.

2016 First Quarter Publishing Special Offer Sunday, Jan 17 2016 

Free Stationary or Promotional Materials
The more books published, the more free to you!
25, 8.x11″, black and white, printed one side sheets for every 25 books you order.


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Perfect for stationary, or sell sheets, this offer can be combined with color, extra printing, folding, etc. upgrades to fulfill your needs. This offer includes free g


raphic production of basic letterhead or we can produce whatever you send in a PDF file. Ordering 500 books, then expect 500 free sheets. Additional requested, FREE upgrade  – ask for better paper and allow us to select something from our in-house stock for you: anything from 60-80 white to linen or specialty color paper. Not available in quantities different than 25 increments, advance shipping may be paid by customer if desired.

To qualify for your choice of special offer, you must do the following:
  • Send your manuscript, mailing information, and deposit to arrive at the publisher  postmarked no later than 4-16-16 with code.
  • Use this Discount Code ONLY: "FreMAT".

October 2016 Retreat Updates Wednesday, Jan 13 2016 

Prices and registration have now been set!

For 11 hours, we will focus on genealogy and research skills in a more luxurious setting than past events. Full slate of speakers and topics should be available by the end of March. Check the website as plans take shape.

Standard Retreat Package is $225.00 (by September 1, 2016), with an Early Bird Discount of $205.00 available until May 1, 2016. This includes 5 meals, overnight lodging, at least 11 hours instruction, taxes, gratuities, and more. Single or +1 supplement is $60.00, payments are possible, and additional nights can be added through Gregath as well.

Day trips are available for either day at $100.00 each – by September 1, 2016.

Please share this information with others who may want to attend – or even speak. Potential speakers should check out the call at the 2016 Retreat website.lobby1

January 2016 E-Zine: Complete Monday, Jan 11 2016 

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Headband/Footband (also header/footer in binding terms): A strip of embroidered cloth at the end (top/bottom) of the spine, extending beyond the book block. Optional ALA element included in Gregath deluxe binding. Now available as upgrade in color hard binding.

Hinge In: A paper or cloth strip may be adhered along the binding edge of the a page, or pages, to be added after the book has been bound, so that the strip extends beyond the binding edge. This can then be “hinged” into a “finished” book by pasting up the part of the paper or cloth strip that extends beyond the addition, and adhering the strip to the binding edge of a sheet (or leaf) in the text block.  This may also be used to change a given published page: cut the page to be replaced out of the existing book leaving as wide a bound paper strip as the binding margin will allow; follow instructions as above or – trim the replacement page to fit the published book (with extra paper to overlap bound strip); using an archival quality media, attach replacement page to bound strip.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand? Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!
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Design Inspiration
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Consider adding extra material to a book through QR codes, removable media (CD/DVD, USB, memory card), or cloud links.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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If budget is a watch word, consider the weight difference between hard and soft cover books when shipping.

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Marketing advice
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Take into consideration USPS price and standards changes (effective 1-17-2016) when figuring book shipping prices.

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Genealogy ideas
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It takes a village: Don’t discount getting together with other like-minded people for education and reinforcement. Gregath is hosting a retreat in October that may be of interest.

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Computer aid!?!
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Do you have something (format) you use over and over again from MS Office – maybe with just a little bit of tweaking? Consider making the format (blank without personalized information) into a template. In your MS program, make a file that contains all the repetitive format and information. When you save as (save if not already saved), click the down arrow by format (under file name) and choose template (word template, excel template, etc.). To make it easier to use, save it where your other templates for that program are saved – or make a dedicated template file folder that is easy to find.

2016 Retreat Save the Date Friday, Dec 25 2015 

Retreat 2016 Save The Date!
Monday and Tuesday, October 3-4, 2016, in Northeast Oklahoma. More details to follow.
http://www.gregathcompany.com/workshop/2016

December E-Magazine: Complete Wednesday, Dec 9 2015 

What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Hard strip spine: For these hard covers, a hard strip inlay is made from material that is the same thickness as the front and back cover boards, with the inlay slightly narrower than the text bulk.  This creates a book with “shoulders”.

*Head: The top, specifically the edge, of the book.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand? Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!
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Design Inspiration
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If including the transcription in the book, use a QR code to provide access to the document.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/qr.html
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Ready to try your hand at eBook publishing without a major software investment of professional assistance? One full-featured online option to look at is Calibre.

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Marketing advice
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Don’t forget we offer a full section of our website to help: http://www.gregathcompany.com/marketing

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Genealogy ideas – see computer aid this issue
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Computer aid!?!
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Did you know Family Search is sharing its book collection online?

https://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=FHD_PUBLIC

Read more about it http://www.ancestryinsider.org/2014/09/familysearchs-electronic-books-byufhgc.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AncestryInsider+%28The+Ancestry+Insider%29

November E-Magazine – Complete Tuesday, Nov 3 2015 

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Hardbound (hard back, hard cover): Books that are covered with the binding material of your choice, over binding boards and meet either LBI or ALA standards.  

  • Standard Hardbinding: see above – Oversewn with a free spine imprint and free single line front cover imprint – usually gold foil.
  • Full Color Illustrated:  see above – 4-color imprinted laminated paper – free cover layout. Book block usually adhesive or side sewn.
  • Deluxe/Executive Hardbinding: see above – binding material is usually Lexitone. Book is Oversewn with free spine imprint including bars and free custom (no larger than 6×9″) front imprint – variety of inks & foils available.

*Hard Copy Manuscript: See Camera Ready Manuscript

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html Run across a word that you don’t understand? Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!
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Design Inspiration – not in this issue

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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Other uses for QR codes in a book can include adding unproven conclusions/hypothesis, transcription of document, remembrances, family recipes or traditions, citation, etc.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/qr.html

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Marketing advice – not in this issue
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Genealogy ideas
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Irish Archives Resource – 34 databases in one place: http://www.iar.ie/

Read the full blog article: http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2014/09/17/NewWebsiteHelpsYouResearchIrishGenealogyIn34ArchivesOfIreland.aspx

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Computer aid!?!
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Searching for data online? http://www.reddit.com/r/datasets may also be able to help you find data sets (information) good for genealogy, marketing, and beyond.

October E-Magazine – Complete Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

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Gutter Margin: Margin on the “inside” of a printed book page. When books are printed, the margin on the inside is usually larger to allow for easy book handling. We assure your gutter margin when making plates for printing, free of charge.
From: ANSI/NISO/LBI STANDARD FOR LIBRARY BINDING – (inner margin, gutter margin, back margin)  The distance between the binding edge of a printed page and the printed area.

Halftone (pre-press): An image taken from your photo that has a dot pattern laid on it (or made up of dots) for better reproduction. Without the correct dot pattern, the photo would look like a bad copy machine copy (motley). Many of today’s newer copiers automatically lay a pattern, thus better copies.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand? Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!
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Design Inspiration
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Tips to promote QR code scans (part 2)

  • Note most QR codes will work if damaged even 30% – allowing for some “high traffic” uses such as name tags, postcards, coasters, etc.
  • Don’t saturate your viewer with too many codes – make them useful and enjoyable.
  • Try to keep codes away from glossy surfaces – matte makes scanning easier for the novice and under more lighting conditions. Still want to put one on your book cover? You could skip lamination or UV protection, but applying a dust jacket, belly band, or sticker over the finished cover would be better for the longevity of the book.
  • If using multiple codes, don’t place them too close together – you are trying to make it easy for the user. If on a mail piece with smbc – allow for distance as well.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts (Electronic)
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Ebook audio services develop all the time. An online service that offers both free and professional (paid) services is Booktrack and there are many more.

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Marketing advice
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Shipping is an important component to many marketing plans. If you choose USPS as your service provider, these links may be of assistance:

Postal Explorer, Price Lists/Rates, RIBBS, Business Customer Gateway

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http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/marketing/bookselling.html

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Genealogy ideas – see computer aid this issue

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Computer aid!?!
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Not sure where to start learning online about genealogy and tech? Take a look at Barry’s Genealogy list of webinars and expand from there! http://genealogybybarry.com/introduction-genealogy-webinars/

Publishing Discount Offer – Until December, 2015 Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

Limited Free Professional Work

With your paid order, receive up to 2 hours Gregath staff work ($50.00 value) that can be used for any service associated with your order: consultation, graphic design (cover, etc.), page typesetting, manuscript check, digitization, alternate edition design, website production, photo work (restoration, touch up, etc.), social media and other marketing, etc. This does not guarantee 100% full fulfillment of vision within this time frame: Any additional time billed at $25.00 per hour in 1/4 increments. This free offer does included removal of any proposed addition or change produced in this time period as specified. Feel free to contact us with any questions about this upgrade offer.

To take advantage of this offer, you must specifically request this offer with your order/payment mailing and send your paid order to arrive at the publisher before December 1, 2015.

September, 2015 Ezine – Computer Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

Are you a RootsMagic user? Want to upgrade to Windows 10? No need to worry, there just may be some more upgrades in store. Please see below directly from RootsMagic:

While RootsMagic works great under Windows 10, apparently Microsoft snuck in a last-minute change that didn’t exist in earlier test versions and prevents the internal WebSearch from working, certain text appearing on some screens, and backing up to Dropbox and Google Drive.

If you are running RootsMagic 7 for Windows – Look for the “Update Available” indicator in the lower right corner of your RootsMagic 7 program screen, and click on it.

If you are running RootsMagic 4, 5, or 6

1. Download the .REG file from files.rootsmagic.com/RootsMagic-Win10-Browser-Fix.reg

  1. Run the .REG file to add the necessary entries to your Windows registry. It will display several scary warnings. Just keep telling it that “yes”, you do want to make the change.  This registry fix is only needed if you are running RootsMagic 4, 5, or 6 under Windows 10.

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