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Behind the Book with Kara Mercer: Journey Through Jordan
06 Jul 2017

Behind the Book with Kara Mercer: Journey Through Jordan

When we got our hands on Kara Mercer’s book in the Blurb office, we passed it around, enjoying the stunning photography and clean layouts. Her emotive, romantic photography and visual storytelling makes you slow to turn the page because you want to linger where you are, from her vantage point, for a while. We caught up with Kara to get the story behind her beautiful...

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Behind the Book with Ginny Gaulin
09 Jun 2017

Behind the Book with Ginny Gaulin

Ginny Gaulin has the unique background of being a trained counseling psychologist and a wedding-planner. Having helped dozens of brides have a beautiful day, she saw that they needed more than one kind of preparation. Combining her skill sets in counseling and event prep, she developed a guide that would prepare couples not only for The Big Day, but a beautiful life together, as well....

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Behind the Book: Mouthfeel Magazine
23 Mar 2017

Behind the Book: Mouthfeel Magazine

Mouthfeel is not, according to its mission statement, a gay man’s Good Housekeeping. As the suggestive title might suggest, the Brooklyn-based magazine does deal with the culinary world in a very different way. It might be described a little bit gay and a little bit rock and roll—or perhaps as an adventure in frenetic typography, cut-and-paste artwork, food, and vintage gay porn (that somehow manages...

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Book Inspiration: Literary Journals and Magazines
21 Mar 2017

Book Inspiration: Literary Journals and Magazines

A successful literary magazine is made up of more than just good writing. It has a good concept, it’s attractive to read, and it has a compelling look and feel. I remember as a teenager and aspiring writer, I was taking the ferry from Vallejo to San Francisco and I saw a woman reading Story Magazine. The title, the masthead and the simple pen-and-ink cover...

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Make Books from Your Lists
28 Nov 2016

Make Books from Your Lists

Oh, lists. Whether you’ve grown tired of them or can’t live without them, there’s a reason we are drawn to them. And as it turns out, a list is an excellent idea for your next book. Not to get too meta on you, but we’ve compiled a list of lists for your book-making inspiration. If you have any other great ideas for list books, let...

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Your Book-Making Playlist
16 Nov 2016

Your Book-Making Playlist

Some things just go better with music, and we count laying out a new book as one of them. We’ve scoured the internet, talked to friends, and reminisced over old concert ticket stubs to create a playlist worthy of a listen. Listen below to check out our book-themed mixtape featuring tracks from The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Buffett, and more. Don’t forget...

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