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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.

New Quote Generator

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!

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!

 

How Do I Get Started?

If you found this blog post, chances are you have content that wants to be a book. Gorham Printing is here to help!

When you decide you’re ready to turn your content into a book, one of your first questions probably pertains to cost. Aside from the binding style you’re interested in, we need three specifications to start talking about your price per book: the trim size you’d like the book to be, the page count of your print file, including color pages, and the quantity of books you’d like us to print.

Each book project that comes through our shop must have two separate components: a cover and an interior. If you have these two components in PDF format, you are ready to start pricing your book. If you know you need a softcover book with a standard trim size (5.5 x 8.5”, 6 x 9”, or 8.5 x 11”) printed on our house stock and a gloss laminated cover, check out our Quick Price tool for one-click pricing.

If your content is not yet print-ready, you may have questions about how to make it so. We offer instructions for file prep on our Prep Your Files page. We also offer comprehensive, individualized book design services guaranteed to meet your needs.

Unlike the Quick Price tool, our one-of-a-kind Quote Generator can price your design work in addition almost our entire range of product offerings. If you are interested in pricing a hardcover book or a book with a custom trim size or upgraded paper stock, set up an account on our website and play with our Quote Generator for accurate, to-the-penny pricing for your unique project.

When you’re ready to submit your book project, your quote becomes an order with a half-down deposit. You can make this payment with a credit card right through your account. After you make your payment, you will see a confirmation page that includes a link to our secure File Upload Tool. If you’re not quite ready to send your files, you can find this tool again under the Prep Your Files tab on our homepage.

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Alison can’t wait to meet your book!

If you have questions about our prices, products, or procedures, you can call our office between 8:00 and 4:30 PST and Alison, Kamra, or Catherine will answer the phone. We are here to help you start your book printing journey!

 

Getting Ready for Print-Ready PDF Orders

The components for a majority of the books we print come from a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. While some clients choose to take advantage of our professional design services, many design their own covers and interiors and generate their own PDFs, or hire a book designer to do it for them.

The majority of the interior files we see are generated in Microsoft Word and InDesign. We also see covers designed in Photoshop or Publisher. Here are some notes on getting ready to submit your print-ready PDF files to Gorham Printing.

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Our Prepress Technician, Catherine, will review your print-ready PDFs

  • You are ready to generate your print file when your editing is complete.
  • Once you’ve converted your interior native file to a PDF, check every page closely. Each page should look exactly how you want it to print. Same goes for your cover.
  • If you have one (and not all books must), make sure your ISBN appears on your copyright page, and that that page contains all information you’d like to include.
  • We are not a publisher or an imprint. We will not modify your PDF without your consent. File modification requests are subject to hourly prepress rates.
  • Review our print-ready requirements. Not all printers are the same, so even if your book was printed elsewhere you’ll want to verify that your PDFs are set to what we need
  • Familiarize yourself with our proofing procedures to avoid surprises and production delays.
  • When you’re ready to upload your files, the fastest way is with our secure File Upload Tool. This is a secure third-party server that can accommodate up to 10GB at a time. You can also mail us a CD or a flash drive.
Please note: We cannot accept files via email, dropbox, or other outside file sharing services due to security concerns, file size limitations, and possible processing delays.

We want your experience at Gorham Printing to be as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Keeping these tips in mind when you’re getting ready to submit a print-ready PDF order will help make that a reality.

Preparing Your Content for Design Services

If you are not sure how to get your content into a print-ready state, we offer both cover and interior book design services! We asked our design team for some tips on how to make sure your experience in our design department is enjoyable from start to finish.

What We Need to Begin

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    Our world-class designers, Kathy & Genevieve

    Edited, word-processed manuscript in a single .doc file

  • Image files (.tif or .jpg) labeled to correspond with markers in the text indicating desired placement
  • Back cover copy, ISBN, blurbs or author photo if applicable
  • A .tif or .jpg, 300 dpi image for Assisted Cover Design orders

Text

The majority of the books we design are text-based, mostly prose, but poetry too. Submit your manuscript in a single word-processed file, ideally Microsoft Word in most cases. Kathy or Genevieve will flow your text into Adobe InDesign and set it to the trim size on your order, bearing in mind your pre-discussed preferences and industry standards.

Images

Many of the books we design include photographs, art, and other visual supplements. Images for design orders should supplied in their raw files (.tif or .jpg, minimum 300 dpi). We also offer professional scanning services for hard copy photographs and other documents. See our Service Rates for pricing.

Cover Design

If you have a piece of art, a photograph, or another pre-existing image for your cover, you can take advantage of our $199 Assisted Cover Design option. Kathy or Genevieve will transform your image into a book cover set to our print specifications, including a back cover and a spine with title treatment, author photo, barcode, and blurbs (all optional).

If you have a vision for your cover in mind but not the means to supply the image in a file, you can opt for our $599 Custom Cover Design. This will allow you to work one-on-one with Kathy or Genevieve to execute your concept for a professional cover design. Come to the table with your ideas and let us bring them to life!

Clean copy saves you money!

We like to remind all of our design clients to make sure they edit any text submitted to Gorham Printing multiple times, very closely before you send it. Because we are not a publishing company, we do not modify your content in any way as we sculpt it into book form.

Any editorial changes you find in your first proof are made by your designer at the standard design rate of $92 per hour. The fewer changes you find to make in the text, the lower you can keep your design costs, and your overall cost per book.

Choosing the Right Paper

At Gorham Printing, you have options when it comes to the paper we print your book on. We have ten different interior stocks to choose from and three different cover stocks.

Which combination of cover and text stock is right for your book? We asked our production crew to weigh in on our paper selection to help you decide.

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Our Production Manager, Garrett

TEXT

  • 50lb white Lynx opaque is best suited for thick books (600+ pages) in order to conserve spine width. Text books and manuals are often printed on this stock.
  • We purchase 60lb white Lynx opaque in volumes that make it our most cost-effective stock. The majority of the books we print are on this paper.
  • 70lb white Lynx opaque is a slightly sturdier and more opaque. It’s often used in books with lots of color to avoid issues with sheet transparency.
  • 80lb white Lynx opaque is the sturdiest and most opaque stock we offer. This stock is best for color books and books with low page counts that are image-heavy.
  • 60lb and 70lb Cougar natural are “warm white” stocks most often used in historical books and novels.
  • 80lb and 100lb white Titan dull are coated stocks are most often selected for use in hardcover “coffee table”-style books. Titan is optimal for displaying high resolution images.
  • 80lb and 100lb white Titan gloss are perhaps our classiest interior stocks. The gloss coating will make your high-resolution images pop.
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Our paper cutter Darryl trimming book blocks

COVER

  • 12pt white C1S is our heaviest, most durable, and most popular cover stock. Like the 60lb white Lynx, it is the cover stock we purchase in large volumes so we can offer it at the lowest price possible. “C1S” stands for “coated on one side.” We print your cover on the coated side, then finish with a gloss or matte film lamination.
  • Our 80lb white Lynx opaque cover stock is a more delicate and pliable cover stock for use with white interior stocks.
  • If you choose a warm white interior stock, you may want to consider our 80lb Cougar natural cover stock if you’d like the inside of your cover and your pages to be the same tone of white

Ultimately, you paper selection is up to you. We compiled these recommendations based on what we’ve seen customers gravitate toward in the past. We know you have your own vision for your book, and we’re here with options to make that vision a reality.

Request a copy of our complimentary paper sample packet if you’d like to evaluate our stocks first-hand before you make your choice. Just send a request to info@gorhamprinting.com.

Q&A with Local Author Mary Gentry

Mary Gentry is an Olympia-based writer whose books we’ve printed since the summer of 2014. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Quite Contrary, was released that September. She brought us her second title, Too Far from the Tree, to be printed the following spring. Mary’s essays and short stories have enjoyed healthy popularity locally. It is not hard to find Mary reading at bookstores in the Puget Sound region. Reading events with Mary are extra special because her cover artist, a well-known local print maker name Mimi Williams, will often join Mary for a demonstration of her lino-printing techniques.

Mary and I are practically neighbors, so when Mary orders a reprint, I like to bring her order up to Olympia so I have the chance to chat. When I delivered her reprint last week, I asked if she’d be willing to answer a few questions about books, writing, and the importance of storytelling.

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Gorham Printing: What kind of books do you like to read?

Mary Gentry: I gravitate to books with well-developed characters. Motivation and character development are more important to me than action. I listen for the character’s ‘voice’ and if it rings ‘true’ then I keep reading.

I read a lot of procedural detective fiction – that would be my favorite escape reading, I guess. I’m also very fond of novels in which place is well developed, as if it were a character. I like to see and smell the locale. I am often inspired by characters, real or imagined, who manage to rise above themselves.

GP: When did you start writing? What do you like to write about?

MG: I have written on and off all my adult life. Once I started practicing law in the early 80’s, I realized how much I missed the creative environment I had experienced in teaching. In order to find the time to write, I routinely rose early in the mornings – very early – before anyone else got up and often before I went out for a 45 minute run.

Initially, I focused on short stories as well as children’s stories, the kind of books I was reading to my daughter. It was fun for me to put her into these stories. It was also a way to capture her ‘development’ and make a record of sorts.

I am drawn to write about very ordinary things; sometimes it is something that strikes me as humorous, other times, poignant. I prefer a “light” touch whenever possible. I think that it is in the very ordinary, commonplace moments that we can relate to one another. We rarely share anyone’s full life experience, but we do have frustrations, mishaps and misadventures in common, and I enjoy exploring that.

Gentry_Too-Far-CoverGP: When and why did you decide to compile your writings into a book?

MG: I decided to create a book when I realized that I had all these stories and essays written that weren’t going anywhere and I wanted to see them in a collection. I had posted a number of essays on a blog for a few years, which was initially satisfying but ultimately not quite enough. I wanted something more permanent and at the same time, more tangible.

GP: How did you find Gorham Printing?

MG: A friend, Holly Harmon, with whom I initially consulted about publishing my stories, introduced me to Gorham. Earlier in my career, I suspect that I would have balked at the idea of ‘self publishing’ but at this point in my life, it seemed to me the best and most logical route to go. I have limited time to write and I didn’t want to spend what time I did have trying to get something published in a magazine or by a publishing company. Now I realize that I really appreciate the freedom and control that comes with being one’s own publisher. I have frequently turned to The Little Red Hen for inspiration and guidance – she led me to Gorham, and with your help, “I did it myself!”

Want to learn more about Mary and her books? Check out her website: http://marygentrywrites.com/

See more Mimi Williams prints at her website, http://www.mimiwilliamsprintmaker.com/

Alison of Gorham Printing, Mimi Williams, and Mary Gentry at a reading and print demo event this spring.

Alison of Gorham Printing, Mimi Williams, and Mary Gentry at a reading and print demo event this spring.