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Get to Know Gorham Printing

Welcome to Gorham Printing! We are a highly-versatile short run book printer located halfway between Portland and Seattle. We work with self-publishing authors, independent publishers, universities, historians, artists, and many other types of clients all over the country. For nearly 40 years, we’ve been known for our outstanding print and binding quality and our top-shelf customer service.

We want to make sure your experience with us is as enjoyable as possible. To help make that a reality for all of our customers, our staff has compiled a set of insider tips and tricks so you and your project can prepare for smooth passage from prepress through production. Check out the links to the helpful articles below for more details.

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The team at Gorham Printing

How Do I Get Started?

Getting Ready for Print-Ready PDF Orders

Preparing Your Content for Design Services

Choosing the Right Paper

Color Management: Pro Tips

Reprints Made Easy

Don’t Forget Shipping

Special thanks to David S. Bailey for the photographs around the shop!

 

An Evening with the Authors

Last Friday the Lewis County Historical Museum welcomed the public for its sixth annual Evening with the Authors. We had the privilege of attending this event and decked out our table to match the museum’s incredible Christmas Village and the rest of the festive decorations.

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We took great pride in joining a good handful of our local authors at this event. While we love printing books for writers, families, and small presses all over the country, there is particular joy in supporting our local authors. This group of clients showcases the diversity of books we print. They represent novelists, historians, non-fiction and self-help writers.

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From left to right: Jan Pierson, author of the Ghostowners Series (calamityjan.com); Ellen King Rice with her novel, The Evo Angel, a mycological thriller set in the Pacific Northwest (ellenkingrice.com); Buddy Rose, author of Fire Mountains, a hiking guide to Washington’s three volcanoes; Margaret Chambers with her history of a rural Lewis County church, St. Urban’s Church: Early Years; Randall R. Booher and his personal development workbook, You Are the Issue, hot of the presses, along with his illustrator (and sister!), Leslie Gammelgaard; and Julie McDonald Zander with just two of her many local and personal history books, Winning a War and The Other Side of Banking (chaptersoflife.com).

We hope to see even more of our local authors here next year. Contact the museum for more information on how to participate.

We Went to Wordstock!

This time last week, Genevieve and Alison were loading up boxes of guidebooks, tote bags, business cards, candy, and Genevieve’s trusty typewriter Buttercup to drive south for Wordstock, Portland’s recently-rebooted  festival of books and writing hosted by Literary Arts.

2-wordstock-boothThousands of writers and readers from around the region gathered at the Portland Art Museum last Saturday to attend workshops, hear readings from over 100 authors, and wander the booths at the book fair.

We talked to dozens and dozens of readers and writers, most of whom stepped up to our booth to browse our beautiful selection of sample books, and to pull a word from a fish tank to use in a sentence on Buttercup, the 1950s Royal typewriter that made the trek with us. Many of them took a copy of our free guidebook to learn more about the book printing process for themselves or a friend or family member working on a book.free-words

As a short run book printer, we attended this  event not only to meet writers who might be interested in publishing their own work who might need a printer, but also to chat with the 25+ independent publishing companies who were there to meet writers and sell their books.

While many of these publishing companies are big enough to need quantities of books that warrant printing on offset presses, they may need Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) ahead of the run that will be sold in stores. Our digital printing methods mean we can keep costs low on a smaller run of books, and we can produce them on fairly short notice if a publisher finds themselves with a deadline an offset printer couldn’t hope to meet.

We had the great privilege of printing the ARCs of City of Weird, a fresh-released collection of short stories from Forest Avenue Press. This book was a Powell’s Pick of the Month in October! We also saw past clients at tables for Atelier26 Books as well as the Willamette Writers, who print their literary journal, The Timberline Review, with us. We made friends at booths for YesYes Books, Chin Music Press and Overcup Press.

All in all it was a day full of excellent conversation with fellow book-folk. We can’t wait for next year!

 

Back to School at Gorham Printing

Leaves are changing, rain is falling, and we’re all padding our commute times to account for school bus backups on the country roads that lead to our shop. There is always plenty to do this time of year, especially because we are a popular option for educators who need textbooks.

We’ve been especially excited about a new partnership with the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in Portland, Oregon. ACHS is a world-renowned holistic health institution whose “graduates include military veterans, product formulators, massage therapists, clinical aromatherapists, wellness coaches, midwives, master

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A stack of ACHS’s fall semester textbooks, hot off the presses!

herbalists, medical doctors, and nutritionists, to name a few.” They are a Certified B Corporation “with a commitment to supporting local business, sustainability and the communities [they] serve.”

ACHS chose us to be their book printer not only because we are a family-owned business within 100 miles of their campus, but because we offer Rainforest Alliance Certified stocks and recycle 100% of the byproduct from both our paper processing and our printer waste. Most of their textbooks have beautiful full-color interiors that really pop on our presses. Our standard stocks and lamination are exactly what they need for durable yet affordable textbooks for their students.

With runs as few as 25, we’re a great option if your textbooks contain material that needs to be updated annually or every term. If you are an educator or a representative of an academic institution with a need for custom-printed textbooks, let us quote your project!

To learn more about the American College of Healthcare Sciences, visit www.achs.edu.

Local Fourth-Grader Wins Read-A-Thon Prize

On Friday a very special client picked up her books.

Arianna was the winner of Roosevelt Elementary’s “Make Your Own Book” contest, a part of the Olympia elementary school’s 2016 Read-A-Thon.

The Read-A-Thon was a school-wide fund raiser and contest to encourage more reading at home. Participants read for as many minutes as they could in the month of February and collected pledges for donations from family and friends. There was also a contest for all participants to pitch their idea for a book. The winner was chosen by a committee of teachers and parents.

Arianna’s story, “The Girl Who Saved a Dinosaur” was inspired by her dream of becoming a paleontologist. She tells the tale of Rosie, a baby dinosaur that travels through time and lands in Olympia, and the fourth grader Miah, who helps heal Rosie’s injuries and find the portal to bring her home.

Congratulations, Arianna! We hope all of the students in our community have a great summer reading and writing.

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Alison and the winning author, Arianna

 

How Long Does It Take to Print a Book?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions when a customer places an order for a book. While our standard production time for softcover books is 10-15 business days once your proofs are approved, there are many factors that can impact the time your project is in our shop.

How you submit your files and the binding style of your book are the major variables that impact turnaround times.Need-books-in-a-hurry

Print-Ready PDF Orders

The fastest way to get from file submission to printed books is to design your cover and interior and submit print-ready files. Once you’ve created an account and generated a quote to match your file specifications (trim size and page count, plus the quantity you’d like printed), you can finalize your order with a credit card for half of the estimated order total right through our website. Then you can use our file upload tool to submit your print-ready files.

Once we have your files, we check them for potential printing problems then prepare your proof. If your files meet all of our requirements and we can proceed right to proof prep, we’ll have your proof ready to go in 3-4 business days. If you opted for an online proof, you can download and review the proof immediately. If you upgraded to a printed proof, we’ll mail an unbound proof to you via USPS Priority (1-3 business day transit time for most locations).

Design Services

If you opt to hire Gorham Printing for design services, the time between file submission and proofing is a bit longer. Depending on the complexity of your design and the components you’re hiring us for, the process can take anywhere from 5 days (Assisted Cover Design only) to 2 weeks or more (Level 3 Interior Design plus a Custom Cover, for example). Once design is complete, you’ll receive your proof in the format you’ve selected on your order.

Production Times

Once you’ve given us permission to proceed to production by submitting a signed proof form, your order will enter the production queue. Production times vary by binding style and quantity.

Most softcover orders for quantities under 100 typically take 5 business days until they are ready to ship. Orders of 500-1000 typically take 10 business days. Orders over 1000 can take up to 15.

Spiral bound books take 15-20 business days until they are ready to ship. Hardcover books take 6-7 weeks.

What if I need my book sooner?

Give us a call! Our production times are standards based on our experience and typical volumes, but we may be able to coordinate a compressed production window for clients who have events fast approaching. Call us as soon as you know you need books for a specific date, and we will work backwards to determine the date we’ll need your final approval in order to guarantee a specific shipping or pick up deadline.

We do not charge extra for in-shop rushes, but you may need to pay for expedited UPS shipping if our present volumes will not allow for the turn around time your shipping deadline would require.

DIY Quoting is Easier than Ever!

Need pricing on a short run of hardcover books? How about a square perfect bound book, or a landscape spiral-bound cookbook? Our new Quote Generator has more options and can price your custom book printing project instantly.

Take Advantage of Instant Pricing

We know that making the decision about where to print your book project is a big one, and we want to help you decide. Your time is valuable, too. That’s why we’ve upgraded our Quote Generator to put more versatile pricing right at your fingertips! Now you can compare pricing for all of our binding styles and paper stocks, trim sizes from 4×5” to 8.5×11” in portrait or landscape, design services, eBooks, and more without entering your personal information.

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Click “Get Started” to price hardcover books, custom trim sizes, and a variety of paper stocks

Taking the Next Step

You’ve browsed our website, priced your project on our Quote Generator, and decided that Gorham Printing’s short run book printing and design services are the right fit for your needs. What’s the next step?

When you’re ready to save a quote for later, learn shipping estimates, or place an order, enter your demographic information to set up an account. Your information is safe with us, and we never sell it to third parties or use it to spam you. From this portal, you can create and save an unlimited number of quotes for future reference, get shipping estimates, track current orders, manage reprints, and make deposits or final payments with all major credit cards.

We are extremely excited to unveil the latest version of the Quote Generator. If you have any questions or concerns about your experience with our pricing tools, do not hesitate to give us a call. Kamra, Alison, and the rest of the front office crew are here to help!

Happy Quoting!

Q & A with Kurt Gorham

How long has Gorham Printing been in business? Where did we come from and what have we done? Kurt Gorham, the founder and owner of Gorham Printing, knows best. He is in the building every day with his nine-person team and he let Alison ask him some questions. Enjoy!

Where, when, and how did Gorham Printing start?

Gorham Printing started as a general commercial printer called Independence Graphics in my apartment sometime in 1975. The equipment I had was slow and by today’s standards, not very good. With tenacity, the business grew and by 1985 we were printing everything from business cards to calendars, mostly for local businesses. At some point I began to think about specializing in book printing, and by 1987 we were designing and printing books exclusively.

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I began exploring the idea of printing books on digital toner based printers rather than offset printing in the early 2000s and by 2002 we were printing some of our shorter book runs digitally (500 or less). Setup costs for offset printing are much higher than those for digital printing, so this shift saved our short run customers an immense amount of money. Over time, the digital toner-based equipment became faster and more capable of output that rivaled the quality of our offset equipment. As time passed, most of the quantities we were printing were better suited to digital output and pricing, so in 2012 we sold our last offset press and have been operating an evolving, faithful fleet of digital presses ever since.

What is your favorite aspect of the book printing business?

Over the years, the methods used in book printing have changed radically. I think that is what continues to attract me to this business. The constant change keeps me on my toes and there is something new to consider almost daily. If everything was the same day after day, it would not hold my interest and I would have needed to find a new career. I consider myself lucky to have started a business that has spanned 40 years, and to this day still I am excited to get up and go to work.