Monday, September 01, 2008

September Network with Us

Grammar tips from The Red Pen Editor gives helpful information to improve your writing. For example: Do you know when to use who vs. whom? Is it all right to use alright? Get answers to these and other grammar tips delivered weekly to your inbox. Click to be added to Karen Reddick’s Weekly Grammar Tips Mailing List.

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Book Printers

Joel Turner, president of The Great American Press in League City, Texas, tells me that his digital printing company sells directly to self-publishing authors. He confirms that they are not a publisher and asks you to see his instant estimate Web page for pricing info. They are competitive below 500 in quantity. “We do print up to 2,000 books for some of our authors,” says Joel, “but we always let them know that offset can offer a better price on those runs. Friesens is a great offset company, but I’m not sure how much work they do with self-published authors.”

Here is Joel’s contact info:

The Great American Press
551 League City Parkway, Suite E
League City, Texas 77573
W: 281-557-4300 x 13
M: 832-647-2867

Friesens’ Representative
Coral Gates
Desk 918-307-0540

In your newsletter you asked about a reliable, good printer. I used out of Illinois. The quality of the print, paper, and cover for a soft cover book I felt was exceptional. For 1,000 books it costs me about $4.80 per book in color. Quality was so important to me being someone who self-published. I'd rather pay a bit more for quality and have a little less profit, as I feel this reinforces what I am about too. Hope this helps your readers.

Barbara Techel, Author of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Watch Frankie's Inspirational Video here,

Recommended Books for Improving Your Writing

Grammar Done Right! Karen L. Reddick ISBN 978-0-9789904-1-1. An easy to use quick reference book for: numerals & numbers, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and word choices.

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips™ for Better Writing. Mignon Fogarty. ISBN 978-0-8050-8831-1. A fun, helpful book to help you avoid common mistakes in writing. Written by the host of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcasts.

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, How to Solve the Mystery of Weak Writing. Bonnie Trenga. ISBN 978-1-58297-561-0. This guide identifies the seven writing weaknesses that editors everywhere must correct in nearly every book they edit.

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