On to New Things

Previously, this blog followed work in the Book Design and Publishing course I took at the University of Maine at Machias. This was the biggest project I worked on as an editor to date. It was a great project, bringing back to life a historic Maine book by Mary Agnes Tincker, a roman à clef novel of incidents in the life of Father John Bapst, who was tarred and feathered in Ellsworth Maine by a band of No-Nothings in 1854.

otc_cover_summer2016Since the book was finished other projects have occupied my time, including another issue of Off the Coast poetry journal. Right now, the fall issue is in process. With a quarterly journal the process is continuous. While poems pour in another issue is under production, while you read poems and make editorial selections, another issue is being marketed and sold. You pray the printer’s schedule matches dates when you will be at events. A couple of years ago we were disappointed to find an issue would be unavailable to take with us to the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. On our way out of town, the UPS truck flagged us down and there on the side of Route 1, that great road that stretches from just north of our house all the way to the Florida Keys, we transferred the boxes from the truck to the car and went happily on our way.


This semester, I’m focusing on electronic publication. I was pleased to find that HTML and CSS skills are a great start. Currently, I’m taking a deep dive into Lynda.com to learn more about epub formatting and refining my skills with InDesign. Along the way, I had to detour through options for upgrading my Adobe CS5 to CS6. Opting for Creative Cloud for now (the student discount is worth it), the other option, to upgrade to CS6, now takes a phone call to customer support. CS6 or Adobe CC is necessary to have access to the Digital Publishing Suite in InDesign.

 “Creative Cloud gives you everything you need to turn your brightest ideas into your best work across your desktop and mobile devices and share it with the world.”

—Adobe.com

otc-fall-2016On the left is the cover image for the fall issue of Off the Coast. In the coming days, the poem selections will be made and layout will begin.

With luck, this will be the first issue of OTC that will also be released as an eBook. By the end of the semester, I hope to also have an eBook of my own work available.

In the coming weeks, I’ll post further adventures in publishing, electronic publication, and a life among the bookish.

Stay tuned!

Week 1. The House of Yorke

 

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Over the course of the Spring 2016 semester, the ART 322 Book Design & Publishing Course at the University of Maine Machias will  take a manuscript of The House of Yorke, written by Mary Agnes Tincker in 1871 and turn it into a book. The manuscript was selected and prepared by English and Creative Writing students at the university.

From the manuscript Introduction: 

The House of Yorke is an intriguing novel that blends history into fiction… Mary Agnes Tincker wrote the book in 1871 with the intent of drawing attention to the persecution of Catholics in Maine… The House of Yorke offers a rare picture of events that might otherwise have been forgotten. Though the main plot of the novel focuses on the struggles of its young, fictional heroine, Edith Yorke, the setting and side story of Father Rasle are closely based on… John Bapst, a priest who suffered at the hands of an anti-Catholic mob in Ellsworth, Maine… The book deals with issues that are still relevant today—religious intolerance and bigotry against immigrants and their ways of life.

In the coming weeks I will be part of the team working on cover layout, interior design, printing, and binding. The completed book will be a critical edition added to the Library of Early Maine Literature, an imprint of the University of Maine Press.

Founded in 2010, the Library of Early Maine Literature is a scholarly imprint of the University of Maine at Machias Press. The mission of the series is to reissue rare and important works of Maine literature written before 1900 in beautiful, high quality editions that contain full supporting materials. These materials include critical introductions as well as notes and other forms of documentation. The Library of Early Maine Literature is overseen by an Editorial Review Board and operated by the English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts Program at the University of Maine at Machias.The goal of the Press is to reissue at least one work of Maine literature every two years.

Library of Early Maine Literature
Book Arts Studio, Dorward Hall
University of Maine at Machias
116 O’Brien Avenue
Machias, ME USA  04654

www.machias.edu/earlymainelit

 

You cannot open a book without learning something.
Confucius