Here’s a list of publishers who will do small runs (even just one copy, some of them). It’s like self-publishing without the huge cash outlay of having to have 10,000 copies printed…and pay for all of them yourself. This form of printing is called Print on Demand (POD), and many artists are using these services to produce books of their work.
I’d love to hear from anyone who’s actually used any of these companies: were you pleased? Were you treated well? How were the images? Did you have a lot of freedom to select what you wanted?
A collaborative art project that I was involved with recently, Ties That Bind, produced a book this way, using Blurb. I bought a copy of the resulting book, shown above, and I plan to buy more. Our mission was to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research (my Mom is a survivor), and all the profit from the sale of this book goes towards that cause. I am very impressed with the quality of the resulting book.
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I was very satisfied with the quality of the product and it was pretty easy to figure out how to upload and put together the book in a pleasing way; my only suggestion would be to work on it little by little as it can get to be overwhelming and sometimes a bit tedious. I have actually started preparing a new book for my art in 2009, I just add my pictures as soon as I scan them or photograph them to avoid those extra long sessions sitting in front of the pc.
I am saving these links and ideas for the future. Thanks, Cyndi!
Eileen, you should be able to buy your book back and in your contract there should be a clause for the book rights to be reverted back to you if the book isn't in print after a certain time period. Are you sure you can't get your book back? I think you may be able to with the help of a lawyer.
I will definitely look into this.