About Us, Additional Services, Marketing

What’s New for Gorham Printing in 2021

It seems as if the world around us changes faster and faster these days. Here at Gorham Printing, we have been working on finding new techniques, tools, knowledge, products and features to help you on your publishing journey. Right now, we have some big news we would like to share with you!

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Updated 2021 Guidebook

We would like to announce that our brand new guidebook, Journey Into Self-Publishing, is now available! The new guidebook is made free for authors at any stage of the publishing journey. It covers editing, designing, printing and marketing your book. The guidebook includes a Quick Reference page in the front of the book with an author’s checklist to help you track your progress. Here are a few more things you will see in the guidebook:

  • The new editing section details different types of editing. It has tips on how to do it yourself and what to look for when hiring a professional. It also has information on important publishing numbers such as ISBNs.
  • The new design section includes tips for designing the book yourself and showcases our new design packages. From choosing a program or choosing a font, we have tips for all stages of DIY book design. If you are looking for professional design services, we offer new design packages that fit any author or genre. Check out the new design packages in the guidebook or right now under our Design Services.
  • The print your book section includes example pricing, new promotional programs and new premium add-ons now available. We have added a full page to show off our new premium features and if you haven’t seen it yet, we have added a new section in our Get a Price tool that allows you to select some of our premium add-ons! These include:
    • 3D Spot UV
    • Interior Foldouts
    • CD Inserts
    • Metallic Printing
    • Inside Cover Printing
  • eBook conversions can now be purchased as a standalone service using our eBook Get a Price Tool. Check out the new guidebook to find a first time eBook conversion discount code.
  • The new marketing section will help you price your book. This can be found in the Marketing Your Book section along with other new tips and tricks to get your book out into the world.

Now through June 30th, we are also offering a promotional deal of Free Shipping! For orders of 100 books or more going to one destination, we will pay for your shipping cost. This includes USPS Media Mail and UPS Ground to all 50 states. Start your order today to take advantage and let us make your books a bit lighter.

Even if you’ve received our guidebook before, you can still be one of the first to receive Journey Into Self-Publishing. Order your physical copy or download the PDF instantly.

Our expert team will be writing new blogs each month to give you insight on new techniques and book printing knowledge! Subscribe to the Newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out!

About Us, Additional Services, Community, Marketing, Self Publishing

Store, Sell and Ship Your Books with Gorham Printing’s New Sales Tools

We are thrilled to announce our brand-new Sales Tools program!

It is not uncommon for our customers to ask, “How can I sell my books online?” We now have an answer that doesn’t involve major online book retailers.

Booksite with Buy Button

Sales Tools connects you directly to online shoppers with your very own Booksite. Your Booksite is a web page hosted on gorhamprinting.com that includes an image of your book cover, a book summary, reader reviews, your author photo and bio, social media links, and the all-powerful Buy Button. All you need to do is supply those pieces and we take care of the technical work.

Quality Book Printing + Safe Storage

When you enroll in Sales Tools Booksite + Store & Ship, you tell us the number of books from your print order you’d like sent to the fulfilment warehouse owned and operated by Major Goods, right here in Centralia. Major Goods stores your books in their climate-controlled facility, waiting for orders to be placed on your Booksite by your future readers.

Order Fulfillment

When your customer clicks the Buy Button and enters credit card information, Major Goods receives a notification. They pick, pack and ship your book to the address entered. Your customer pays the shipping & handling with their order, and the rest of their payment goes directly to you via PayPal.

Sales Tools

Really?!

Really! You paid us when we printed your books, so we’re not going to charge you every time a customer wants to order your book, too. We charge you once to enroll in the program and set up your web page ($170) and again every year if you’d like to continue ($60). PayPal does have a small service fee for each purchase, but the rest of the funds go right to you. It really is that simple.

You’ve Got Options

Like so many other facets of our approach to book design and printing, we can tailor our program to meet your needs. Prefer to store your books and fill your orders from home or your local post office? For $120 we’ll set up your Booksite and you receive the notification when your customer places an order.

Already have a website? You can work directly with Major Goods to integrate their sales platform (that magical Buy Button!) into your web content, then tell us how many of the books we print you’d like to store in their warehouse.

Special Offer!

Enroll in our Sales Tools program before September 30, 2017, and receive fifteen months of service instead of just twelve with your first payment. Learn more today!

About Us, Community, Self Publishing

Small But Mighty

Did you know it’s National Small Business Week? With a team of just ten people, Gorham Printing most definitely fits in the small business category. That ten-person team includes our owner, Kurt, as well as the production crew, customer service reps and administrators, design and prepress staff, and our very own marketing director. Although we are located in Washington State, and proudly serve a large base of customers in our greater Pacific Northwest community, the majority of our books are shipped to customers all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Between 2000 and 5000 books come out of our shop on a weekly basis. We usually have between 75 and 125 individual titles making their way through the design, prepress, proofing, and production phases on a given day.

Not only are we a small business ourselves, but we support other small businesses whose models and practices involve printed material in book form. We design and print manuals, field guides, textbooks, workbooks, spiritual and religious texts, cookbooks, and how-to books for experts in a wide array of fields.

The late Tom Newton started printing books with us well over a decade ago. The story of his book is somewhat mythic in our shop. Tom was teaching auto shop at a high school in California and looking for a textbook about how cars work when he realized such a book

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We are binding a run of 3000 today!

did not exist. So, he wrote that book. Currently in its twenty-second printing, with at least 2000 books in each run (usually 3000!), How Cars Work is thought to be the book we’ve printed the most copies of. Tom’s daughter has decided to carry on her father’s business, and is also exploring the possibility of producing an ebook!

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We were very excited to hear from Leavenworth-based yogi Holly Fiske when she brought The Book of Handstands to our shop in the summer of 2016. Holly sells her book along with a line of adventure apparel at wildmovements.com.

Mike and Angela Chute are the owners of RoseSolutions, a Rhode Island-based landscaping business. They deepened the integrity of their business model by writing and publishing Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening and the companion spiral-bound journal, Rose Gardening By Season: A Journal for Rose-Book_Cover_LightenedPassionate Gardeners. Not only can local clients hire them for landscape work, but rose gardeners all over the region can benefit from the years of knowledge they’ve compiled to share in these volumes. They also speak at garden centers in the area, which is a great way to supplement books sales on their website, rosesolutions.net.

Are you a small business owner? Our small business wants to help your small business grow by harnessing your knowledge, products, and services in the pages of a book!

About Us, Community, Local authors

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.