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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
20 Jun 2017

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

I don’t actually know what I’m doing. That was all luck. I didn’t deserve that success. What if people find out I’m actually really bad at this? What if people can see that I don’t know what I’m doing? Who do I think I am? Am I kidding? I don’t have what it takes to do this.  Impostor syndrome is that feeling of making it,...

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16 Jun 2017

Dispatches: Interview with Elana Schlenker

Elana Schlenker is a designer and art director with a focus on book design. In addition, she produces a wonderful publication titled Gratuitous Type. What is this thing? In her words, “Gratuitous Type is an occasional pamphlet of typographic smut.” This has to be the best subtitle in history, and this magazine is flat-out beautiful—not to mention filled with the kind of things that make...

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06 Jun 2017

Dispatches: Interview with Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson is a Los Angeles-based photographer known for his narrative stories and whimsical imagery. Frank works primarily in black and white and spends much of his time on the road exploring things that require time, patience and a quiet mind. What follows are my notes from our session. Corner cutter. Handheld embosser. Fountain pen. Paper. Tangibility. Jazz. Good, good Jazz. Such a thoughtful guy....

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The Updated Book Preview: A Powerful Selling Tool
26 May 2017

The Updated Book Preview: A Powerful Selling Tool

Anyone trying to share or sell something knows the power of showing a little up front—just a taste to get people interested. Blurb’s book preview offers you the chance to do just that. With Book Preview, you can customize how many pages are visible, or show off the whole thing—whatever it takes to generate interest in your project! The Book Preview link works in Facebook...

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ESSAY: Four, Principle Photography
18 May 2017

ESSAY: Four, Principle Photography

When it comes to modern photography, we have a multitude of choices as well as a multitude of decisions to make. Film or digital? Black and white or color? Still images or motion or both? Ultimately, if our goal is to make the best self-published books possible, we have to make a few critical decisions before we begin our project. If you look at my...

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Your Printing Partners: Blurb Client Services
16 May 2017

Your Printing Partners: Blurb Client Services

Suppose you want to print books and have them turn out beautifully. Blurb is here for you! But what if you want to print more than 100 books, you should get in touch with Client Services. What if your business needs professionally-printed brand books to give away at the annual conference, but you don’t have a print expert on staff? I’m going to suggest the...

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