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.

2013 Retreat Canceled Tuesday, Sep 3 2013 

ImageUnfortunately, after booking to near capacity for our October Retreat, Sky Ranch at Cave Springs informed us our ranch house availability was reduced by at least 5 hours, due to a new group’s needs. This was unforeseen as our 2013 schedule mirrored 2011, and the completed SRCS contract did not address time frame. While still welcome on this Christian campus, alternatives would have drastically reduced the retreat experience.

We are sorry to announce that have found no comparable alternative and have canceled. We thank Julie McClain, Guest Services Specialist and Doug McClain, Camp Director for their efforts of August 28, 2013.

We have enjoyed our relationship with Cave Springs, since 2003, and everyone seems to have a wonderful time there. We wish all those attending SRCS during our originally scheduled dates the best.

Flowering May Catalog Sale Wednesday, Jan 16 2013 

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Click sale text above to visit new sales offers – available now through May 30, 2013

September 2012 E-Zine (V11#9): Design Inspiration Sunday, Sep 9 2012 

Be careful if scaling (enlarging or reducing) graphics. You can have a very high quality graphic, but if you enlarge it 800% to fit your idea of the cover, it will generally loose focus and/or pixilated. The lower the quality, the less you can enlarge a graphic. As a rule, reduction is not a quality issue, unless it is shrunk so small that little or no detail is visible. Keep in mind, if using a photo quality, or other high quality computer printer to view your graphic print outs that production machines do not always match or exceed this high end, consumer quality – unless specifically commissioned.

Graphic files that are layered should be sent in their native format, as well as being flattened into a single layer, for original artwork. If sending PDF, be sure that the conversion “locks down” all fonts.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

February 2009, V8#2: Design Monday, Feb 16 2009 

There is no “silver bullet” for proper publication design or format. However, there are some very basic rules to get you ready to go:

Don’t

  • Don’t do anything in your book that you hate to come across, as a reader or a researcher.

  • Don’t over clutter pages, often trying to reduce publication expense.

  • Don’t use small type if you want older people to enjoy your work.

  • Don’t give up.

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

September 2003, V2#9: Design Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

While crop for effect (as mentioned last month) is usually a little more expensive at most publishing houses, we perform this service to some extent, free of charge and the end result is much more gratifying. Our professionals will choose exactly where the half-tone should be cropped and/or enlarged/reduced at no additional charge to you.  After all, are you trying to show Uncle Ed or the yard he was standing in? Of course, there are times when the background IS the picture. We also receive instructions to enlarge or reduce to a specified size without cropping and it is physically impossible to comply, because without cropping, the size specified cannot be reached from the original without warping the outcome. Enlargement or reduction can only be done overall, not in only one direction. When we face such a problem, we use the largest dimension, and let the smaller fall where it may. [If 3″x5″ is specified, when we get to the 5″ measurement, the requested 3″ may be less than 3″.] If an author prefers total control over their sizing and cropping, this can also be done with us at an additional charge in-house or they can send exactly what they want and mark “same size originals” at no additional cost.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/tips.html 

August 2003, V2#8: Design Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

We receive manuscripts, including pictures with the instructions “Do Not Cut Pictures”, every day. No printer that we know of would have any reason to cut your ORIGINAL pictures/submissions. In our printing process, a negative and a new print [known as a half-tone) must be made in order to be reproduced on an offset press. Many snapshots are of one or a few family members, with a whole lot of unnecessary background. Most of these pictures show very little, if any, detail of the subject. If they were enlarged and the half tone “cropped for effect”, the same size picture would show the subject(s) in much more detail.