[APSS webinar] Demystification: Digital and Offset Printing, by Sandy Gould and Brian Jud

Here is the replay for the webinar called: “Demystification: Digital and Offset Printing”. Sponsored by the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS), this webinar was presented by Brian Jud and Sandy Gould. Brian Jud is the Executive Director of APSS and the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books and now offers commission-based sales of nonfiction, fiction and children’s titles to buyers in special markets.

Sandy Gould of Color House Graphics will discuss the various printing processes and how they pertain to producing efficient print quantities without compromising quality.

About Color House Graphics:

Color House Graphics was established in September 1987 by Ken Postema, Bill Landheer and Steve Landheer. They brought together their unique skills and experience to form one of the fastest growing book manufacturing companies in the U.S. The values and experience they shared continues to drive the company forward, meeting the needs of both the customers and employees.

Both Ken and Bill previously held key management positions at Zondervan Corporation, a Grand Rapids-based Christian book publishing company, before their jobs were eliminated following the closing of Zondervan’s in-house printing division. Steve Landheer owned a book bindery in Grand Rapids at the time and became part of the CHG plan. They rolled up their sleeves and quickly assembled a small group of other former Zondervan employees and invested in just enough printing and binding equipment to get their business rolling forward.

In 2002, Bill Landheer retired from the business, leaving Ken and Steve as co-owners. At the end of 2012, Ken retired, leaving Steve as the owner. Today the company remains a privately held business that combines quality manufacturing and state-of-the art equipment with a friendly, helpful customer service and sales staff that is ready to assist you.

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Editions Dedicaces LLC renew its membership to The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS)

The publishing house, Editions Dedicaces LLC renew its membership to The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) – Colorado, USA.

On January 1, 2013 Brian Jud assumed the position of Executive Director of SPAN, The Small Publishers Association of North America. With the help of previous Executive Director Brad Flora and a new Board of Directors, Jud is making some major changes, not the least of which is changing the name and direction of the association. As if June 1, 2013 SPAN will formally be known as The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS).

This new direction parallels the evolving nature of the book-publishing industry. The story of this evolution has its roots in COSMEP, an organization of self-published authors that was functional through the early 1990s. This was the time in which book marketing on the Internet was in its infancy and was a concept in the mind of Jeff Bezos.

As an early response to the industry’s transformation, Marilyn and Tom Ross acquired COSMEP and morphed it into the Small Publishers Association of North America, or SPAN. Marilyn and Tom made several major improvements, including a monthly newsletter and an annual conference. In 2003, Scott Flora acquired SPAN from Marilyn and Tom and took over as the Executive Director. He continued the SPAN Connections newsletter and held several annual conferences around the United States. Scott divided SPAN into two parts. The first was SPANpro, a paid-membership association with a package of benefits to help its members become more successful authors or publishers. The second part was SPANnet, a free, active, enthusiastic online community of authors and publishers sharing their knowledge and experiences on writing, marketing, book production, and selling books, as well as many other skills vital to business success

At the end of 2010, after seven and a half years, Scott stepped down as SPAN’s Executive Director. Brad Poulson served as SPAN’s Executive Director through 2011 and Bradley Flora, manager of the Spannet online community, served as SPAN’s leader throughout 2012.

On January 1, 2013, Jud assumed the helm at SPAN as Executive Director. He realized that there was not enough room in the arena of independent publishing for another association to help publishers market their books through bookstores, whether bricks or clicks. IBPA, AAP, PubWest and myriad local publishers’ groups were more than adequately serving their members who wanted to sell through bookstores.

In addition, the needs of independent publishers are at another turning point. With hundreds of thousands of new titles published every year, the competition for a profitable share of consumers’ minds and wallets was intense. It became apparent that there was an opportunity for independent publishers to increase their sales, revenue and profits selling their content to non-bookstore buyers.

With this vision in mind, Jud relied on two major facets of his experience. First was his experience selling books in non-traditional ways. As a published author, he grew his revenue over 20 years by selling his content in special-sales markets. He is the author of Beyond the Bookstore (a Publishers Weekly® title published by Reed Press) and How to Make Real Money Selling Books (without worrying bout returns), published by Square One Publishers. Brian also formed a consulting company (Book Marketing Works, LLC) to help publishers sell in non-traditional ways.

But the experience that prepared him most to take the helm at SPAN was the fact that he founded the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) in 1994 ( Brian maneuvered this organization through its early years as its president. Over the last 20 years it has proven to be a thriving organization with almost 300 members.

Armed with the combination of changing needs and unique experience, Jud formed a vision of an association different from those currently in place, one that could help its members make the transition from the book publishing industry to the book-selling industry. He would change the direction of SPAN from an association that assisted its members in selling through bookstores to one that would lead the charge to selling books to non-bookstore buyers in special-sales markets. Thus, the Association of Publishers for Special Sales was formed.

The APSS mission is to become known as the premier source of information, education and help for publishers of high-quality content published in printed, electronic or audio form for sale to consumers, non-bookstore retailers and non-retail buyers. APSS intends to become the respected brand-name entity that provides high quality, functional and innovative sales and marketing resources that enhance content producers’ efforts to grow their businesses profitably.

With this mission firmly in place, Jud began to make the transition from SPAN to APSS. He nominated new people to the SPAN Board of Directors. Joining Scott Flora (Board President) and Brian Jud on the Board were Guy Achtzehn (experienced in the promotional-products industry), Cevin Bryerman (Publisher, Publishers Weekly), Bob Erdmann (foreign-rights consultant), Tonya Evans (author and legal consultant), Eric Kampmann (President Midpoint Trade Books) and Rudy Shur (Square One Publishers). Cevin, Bob and Rudy are previous members of the IBPA Board of Directors, too. They were approved at the February 18, 2013 Board Meeting.

Upon this foundation of book-marketing knowledge and experience, SPAN began to reverse its membership decline during the first quarter of 2013. As of June 1, 2013 SPAN will formally be known as The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS, pronounced apps). Armed with a new Board, many volunteers, a vision for success and a youthful vitality, APSS will help its members become more profitable publishers by selling their books to special, non-bookstore buyers.

Most of the existing marketing and educational programs will continue, but with the emphasis on special sales. For example, APSS will continue its program of co-op mailing programs, but the recipients will be non-bookstore buyers instead of bookstores and libraries.

In addition, APSS remains the host of the series of Book Marketing Matters bi-weekly, 90-minute webinars on topics to help members sell their books in large, non-returnable quantities. Brian Jud is the producer and host of these webinars and brings in guest speakers on specific topics such as social networking, ecommerce, ISBNs, metadata, personal networking, cover design, and publicity. Brian conducts webinars on book-marketing topics.

Reinstated are a monthly newsletter (The Sales Informer) and an annual conference to be held in Philadelphia on November 9, 2013. Both will address topics to help publishers sell their content to non-traditional buyers, both retail and non-retail.

Furthermore, APSS is working with industry suppliers to offer members discounts on printing, shipping, promotional products, website development and staffed tradeshow exhibits. A new emphasis on marketing ebooks lead to discounts on ebook conversion, awards and distribution. An agreement with gives SPAN members access to publishers and agents seeking mew material. And APSS members are eligible to discounted distribution to buyers in corporations, associations and schools.

Examples of benefits that are still being developed are access to distribution to non-bookstore retailers, media training, educational programs, a speakers bureau, special-sales marketing assistance, cooperative email blasts and one-on-one coaching for selling to non-bookstore buyers.

Publishers know there is always much to learn in the fast-changing book-selling industry. APSS is a dynamic, growing organization dedicated to the success of our members. APSS will continue to deliver on SPAN’s promise to provide members with benefits that will help them sell more books, make more money, and raise their standing as experts in their field.

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Our publishing house, Editions Dedicaces LLC participates in LibraryThing for Publishers

Our publishing house, Editions Dedicaces LLC participates in LibraryThing for Publishers. LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily.

Because everyone catalogs together, you can also use LibraryThing to find people with similar libraries, get suggestions from people with your tastes and so forth. LibraryThing publishers showcase their new titles and interact with the LibraryThing community.

LibraryThing is really two sites in one. First, it is a powerful tool to catalog your personal library. Users add books to their catalog by entering titles, authors, or ISBN numbers. LibraryThing then searches the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and over 700 world libraries, and returns with precise book data. Users can then edit the books in their catalog, tag their books with their own subjects, and use the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal systems to organize their collections. LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, connecting people with similar libraries. It also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.

In April 2013, LibraryThing staff and members collaborated to write What makes LibraryThing LibraryThing?, a blog post outlining what we see as the key elements of LibraryThing.

Who is Behind LibraryThing

Founder. LibraryThing was created by Tim Spalding. Tim started it as a pet project, to catalog his own library and for academic and bibliophile friends. He had no idea it would explode like it did. Before LibraryThing, Tim was a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, and worked for Houghton Mifflin in Boston and as a freelance web developer and web publisher. Previous projects include, and Tim is married to HarperCollins author Lisa Carey. (Tim’s LibraryThing profile)

Librarian. Abby Blachly, LibraryThing’s first employee and head librarian, runs LibraryThing for Libraries. She got her MS in Library and Information Science and her MA in History from Simmons College. Abby worked with Tim at Houghton Mifflin, before becoming an archivist and then later a corporate indexer/cataloger. (Abby’s LibraryThing profile)

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