• Grant Handgis

New Book ~ New Publishing Platform

I have blogged about POD publishing for over five years now, focusing on the Create Space platform, the reason Amazon was created in the first place. An online bookstore, with built-in publishing platform for independent authors. In my estimation, one of the best at the time, hence the waxing lavishing on that theme over the years. Some of you may already know that the Create Space platform has been sold off to KDP; Kindle Direct Publishing. What is slated to remain the same are the printing outlets that were used by Create Space for printing and mailing.

Realizing corporations make changes for their best bottom line, it saddens me to see what was once the independent author's best platform to work with, being dismantled then sold off. Being that as it may, for now I am migrating my books from the Create Space page to the KDP page. I do so with a heavy heart, after eight years of partnership. The next book will be the fourth book in the photography series, covering palladium printing in general, with a full section on the double sodium (Na2) platinum/palladium printing. That technique remains a palladium printing format, and will be treated as such.

This next book, as well as the final book on Gum and gum/over printing will be designed and laid out by an old friend, and graphic artist. The first three books covered printing in silver, in several formats, hence a thematic similarity clearly showing they are related. The tonal scale was mostly black and white, thus the book printing with black ink worked, to a degree. Sufficiently to demonstrate principles of negative density with visual examples. Printing in palladium and platinum/palladium leaves some very identifiable tonalities of color, and that rich color can only be preserved by being printed on covered stock, all of which means the next book interior will have cover stock to keep the fidelity of the images intact, with the truer color tonalities visible.

My friend will have carte blanche for the cover design, with the one caveat of my selecting the image to be shown on the front cover. Each book has a cover image that represents the medium being discussed in the book, as well as several images as examples of negative densities on a print. The print quality of these next two books will be much better with covered stock, as well as design. I'm looking forward to seeing what derives of the cover design. I will be posting it as soon as I see it.


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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