So, obviously my new book–ChickenBones: An Antropolis Story– has been the big to do with me lately. Not that I think this is a bad thing. Now, I’ve talked to some friends about my rather controversial stances on traditional publishing, and how I intend to hand-format ChickenBones for the popular e-reader platforms and release it for free, but, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t make a few hand-bound copies along the way, with my usual passion for printing.
So, I’ve just spent tonight shopping online to figure out what I’ll be needing (other than a better printer. I’d love to use a print shop to run off the books, but you just can’t trust them to do the job right, especially when it comes to 2-sided printing and signatures), and I think I can safely say any bound copies of ChickenBones will be gorgeous.
I’m looking at black cloth for the covers, with a red-cloth spine. White head-band, red satin bookmark ribbon, and red moire end-papers with the famous angled flyleaves first seen in the case-bound edition of Assassins On Loan. The text block will be printed on quality linen paper with the mixed cut and torn edging, and the book will be printed in 2 colors (black and red, natch). And of course, the custom-designed dust-jacket, and ten illustrated panels inset throughout, which’ll probably be printed on matte paper.
Now, to research the best way to leaf the title onto the book cloth, and we’re looking at some truly gorgeous, if expensive to make, editions of ChickenBones coming down the pipe.