Women Printers

Women Printers

I always enjoy learning about the kinds of work women have done in industry and trades. Recently, I found this online exhibit at Princeton. It’s called Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders & Book Designers. According to one entry about the 18th- and 19th-century printshop, women held such jobs as “book sewer,” “gold leaf packer,” and […]

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Wanted: Readers

So, the heavy lifting is over. You’ve found your voice, opened yourself to criticism from friends and family, found a place to print your book, and maybe even learned a little bit about paper, page layout, and cover design along the way. You’ve done it! Now what? Well, that depends on what kind of self-publisher […]

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Green Spain

Green Spain

Thursday afternoon we were pleased to host visitors from Spain. Maria Dolores Bordes, owner of  Libreria Central, a bookstore in Asturias, Spain, and Francisco Javier Melon, a book distributor, also from Spain. They stopped by with friends Susan Novonty and Willie and Christine Lund. Susan took the guests on a tour of our facility, and […]

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Hey, Garrison Keillor…

Yesterday I received a query from a man who has written a family history. Not unusual. His project, however, is a whopping 700 pages, and he would like it to be printed as a hardcover book. As we conversed, I learned he has the diaries belonging to his grandfather, who lived in Bloomfield, Nebraska near […]

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If you have a fond childhood memory of books/ bookstores, you’ll enjoy the “Quotation of the Day” that I picked up from this morning’s Shelf Awareness (Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade). Worth repeating, reprinting, even committing to memory: As a child—an easily bored, semi-feral child without a TV—I spent a lot of time in […]

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New York State History Conference

New York State History Conference

I spent Friday in Ithaca for the NYSHAC – New York State Historical Association Conference. The three-hour drive out that morning was ambitious, but with over 150 passionate NYS historians all in one place, it was definitely worth it! I had many people stop by our exhibit, including librarians, independent scholars, genealogy enthusiasts, and several […]

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BEA 2010

Hello from The Troy Book Makers! After 4 successful years, we’ve decided it’s finally time to start blogging. Publishing has taken some pretty radical twists and turns recently, so we’d like this blog to be a place self-publishers can come for (1) news and info about trends affecting you; (2) educational links and comments about the […]

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We were profiled on All Over Albany

By Jessica Pasko The Troy Book Makers’ name sounds a little like it’s run by guys who’ll give you odds at Saratoga. No, they don’t make book. They make books. Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of publishing your novel. You could spend lots of frustrating time pitching it to various publishers and feeling the sting […]

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Memoirs are no bygone memory

Memoirs are no bygone memory

By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer GUILDERLAND — Literary critics who have been predicting the death of the memoir for many years now haven’t met Vicki Schacter or visited the packed workshops of the Memoir Project at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. After taking a writing workshop from Marion Roach Smith at the […]

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No author need go unheard

No author need go unheard

By Will Whitehorn 
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   GREAT BARRINGTON-For anyone planning to write that classic American novel, one local publisher is taking at least some of the difficulty out of the equation. The Bookloft, in collaboration with the Book House of Stueyvesant Plaza in Albany, N.Y., is beginning its first year as an independent, digital […]

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