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 30 years – and beyond!

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Click here for our catalog of books for sale.

August 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Monday, Aug 17 2015 

Over 16 million Virginia Vital Records are now accessible online through Ancestry – though some are still “closed” due to privacy. When no access to Ancestry is available, visit www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/  for an index of what is available.

August 2015 Magazine – Market Monday, Aug 17 2015 

QR codes can be used in a variety of marketing ways to expand on your marketing dollar, ease the book ordering process for customer, preview book content, provide materials not possible “in print” with your budget, etc.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/marketing/freeadvertising.html

August 2015 Magazine – Production Monday, Aug 17 2015 

Quick Response (QR) codes have been in use for quite some time, but this doesn’t mean they are proof against changing technology and cultural tastes. On the surface, this seems to indicate code use is better utilized in (short term) marketing material. However, if you plan for possible future changes, or only use QR for extra bonus information or material that wouldn’t be included in a “normal” printed book, these codes may bring lasting added value.

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

August 2015 Magazine – Design Monday, Aug 17 2015 

Popular QR Code uses include

  • vCard (virtual business card) on regular business or calling cards
  • Click for more/extra/color/exclusive content (maps, individual photo or gallery, music, video, PDF)
  • Order yours via Paypal
  • Go to…Website (including pages not linked any other way), blog, social media, app, etc.
  • Exclusive text, actually encoded into the code itself, of all types – over 4,000 characters (special offers, expanded information, etc.).
  • Make a call (dialing now)
  • Produce email (material submission, sign up/request for…)

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

August 2015 Magazine – Define A-Z Monday, Aug 17 2015 

*Gang Shoot(ing): Several photographs to be included in the publication are placed together and halftoned at one time.  While many printers do this by shooting any photo “as they come” within the manuscript – this does not turn out well many times for very light and very dark photos.  This technique is often employed to reduce cost of photo.  Our new electronic halftoning process eliminates this need.

Gloss(y) paper: Paper that has been coated on one or both sides during paper production.  Some high gloss papers glare, making them difficult to read.  Additionally, gloss paper is generally expensive and can not be offset printed.

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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!

Current Publishing Service Sale Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

10%: Color for black and white

If color book page publishing in quantities of 10 or more, pay black and white prices for 10% of your total. The more you order, the more you save! This applies to any book pages (entire book or specified pages) ordered in color – binding prices remain the same. Examples:

  • Publish 10 books, pay 9 for color and 1 color book black and white cost.
  • Publish 100-109 books, get 10 color books at black and white cost.
  • Publish 210-219 books, get 21 color books for black and white.

To qualify for this special offer, you must do the following:

  • Specifically request this offer with your order/payment mailing.
  • Send your manuscript, mailing information, and payment to arrive at the publisher before August 31, 2015.

July 2015 Magazine – Computer Aid Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Do you like adopting new bells and whistles for your computer? Have you checked out this database of cool (and helpful) stuff?
http://www.wincustomize.com/

July 2015 Magazine – Genealogy Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Do you make use of Google Scholar? Try out the database it was inspired by: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/index;jsessionid=7B3491E8104BB7B80C9236B19C23FCEB

July 2015 Magazine – Marketing Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Special Postcard Design Note: Be careful in adding your name/address to a postcard design. As both sides of the mailpiece are fully viewable and the only notice of which side is “up” is postage, do not place your name and address in a standard addressing format (3 lines roughly center of card) on either side of the card – unless you want the card returned to you. Because of the nature of mailed cards and automated sorting systems, cards may get “flipped” in the mail stream and returned to you: this acts as a return service, effectively “using” the postage to mail the card to yourself.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/cards/postcards.html

July 2015 Magazine – Production Thursday, Jul 2 2015 

Use of variable data printing can further customize or personalize title pages. i. e. “Carolyn’s history of Crowder”, providing space on the page for the owners surnames included in the book or immediate family index listing, etc.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/printing.html

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