Many of my projects are obsessive and counter-intuitive. Working professionally in publishing, I learned about signatures, and how books are paginated, printed and bound. It’s not entirely rocket science, but having this knowledge felt novel to me, like a meat-eater knowing how to smoke his own meats.
Anyway, just because I knew this was possible, didn’t mean it was a great idea to try to fashion a book. But I rose to the challenge, trying several methods of sewing bindings before settling, with bloodied fingertips, on a gluing method.
The signatures are laid out in what termed Microsoft Word terms a “bookfold” layout. Just picture me printing readable pamphlets here at the AWS HQ offices on days when business was slow. I would staple them together and imagine they were published works. Sad, no? Be sure to picture rain streaking down my office window.
With this particular Extremely Limited Edition(TM) book, I bound and glued the signatures with board, and made frontispieces, and everything, following a page on some how-to site. A dust jacket was not meant to be for this particular project. Think of the rustic look you see below, and the coarse burlap-like cover, as fitting the AWS aesthetic perfectly—rustic, like you find with our pallet wood signage and office interior décor.
The final product was far from glossy, and that’s how many of my projects go. I did have it copy-edited by a colleague, however, and the item fetched $250 at auction. Which was for a good cause, and that’s all that matters. I know the party who made the winning bid, and when he dies, I shall recover it from his belongings. I’m just kidding.
You may notice the imprint. In case you didn’t know, all the Aqua Fox Press titles are available here [link forthcoming].