Self-Publishing “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

We Dedicate This Post to our Friend Beverly Hoffmann

Last year, Abbott Press a division of Writer’s Digest published Beverly’s book “Cradled Dreams”.  To learn more about Beverly and her book, follow the link to her Website found in the left column under the heading “Artists”.

From the beginning , we knew self-publishing was the way for us but knew little of the process.  We learned by spending a tremendous amount of time on research, study, decision-making and execution.

What are the pros and cons of an online publisher, a traditional printer, of printing on a digital copier or a printing press?  What is the sales price of the book?  How do you obtain a copyright, an ISBN, a bar code?  What is the meaning of recto, verso, frontispiece, bastard title, blind folios?  What about the book cover?  How do you design the front cover, what information is on the spine, on the back cover?   What are the differences between a foreword, preface, and Introduction?   The internet provided most answers.

Acquiring knowledge is important as is the support of others.  A number of people provided materials, and technical assistance in the form of advice and professional services:

Poetry and writings:

Whitney R. Bishoff

Mary Jo Langford

Jack Linden

Kettly P. Mars

Mayor Betty Ann Matthies

Lynn E. Pfullmann

Michele Rumbaut

Audra Schulz

Zach Schwartz

Evelyn F. Streng

Photography:

Douglas Manger

Don Simpson

Bil Sullivan

Technical assistance:

Henri Armand

Rosemary Conte Martin

Barry Martin

During the final stage of the publishing process, Gretchen Stankey brought to the book critical artistic and technical skills in layout, design, and desktop publishing.  Mark Mayfield of Litho Press, Inc. of San Antonio gave us guidance on printing options and preparing the photographs and files for printing.  Finally, the book was printed on a $3M Heidelberg four-color printing press.

Then comes distribution, but we shall leave that for another post.

Thank you Beverly for asking “I noticed you as publisher.  How did you do that?”

Back Cover

Back Cover

The Book- Marika: The Path of a Sculptor

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Front Cover

About “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor”

Life overflows with inspiration.  This book contains inspiration found.  In childhood, we embark on the amazing journey of discovery to distant realms of imagination searching for our path.  “Marika: The Path of a Sculptor” is an invitation to persevere in your quest for your full potential of a more creative life.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to discover, through this book, the impeccable work of Marika. Let your eyes absorb the organic beauty of the grain that flows through the fabric of the wood.  The poetry and the writings of others add another dimension to the collection.  Let’s share their impressions in the unity of inspiration.

Where to Find the Book

The book is available at Bihl Haus Arts during Marika’s solo exhibition from May 16 to July 12.  The opening reception is Friday, May 16, 5:30-8:30pm with live music, rum punch, and authentic Haitian foods.  The location of Bihl Haus Arts is 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX.  You can find the link to Bihl Haus Arts arts in the left-hand column under the heading “Arts Organizations”.

You may acquire the book through:

Hastings Bookstore, 1380 E. Court Street, Seguin, and

Amazon.  You can find the link to Amazon in the left-hand column under the heading “Marika Links”.

Book Details

Authors: Marika Bordes and Dennis Martin

Cover and Layout Design: Gretchen Stankey

Published by: Marika Sculptures LLC

Printed by: Litho Press, Inc., San Antonio, TX.  Contact: Mark Mayfield.

ISBN: 978-0-9960735-0-9

Pages: 128.