On Saturday, November 26th, advance copies of David and Yetta Kane's memoir arrived. It was like seeing the first glimpse of a new child.
This coffeetable-quality book has a hard, peacock-blue cloth cover and silver foil stamping. The image is debossed, meaning a shallow impression has been stamped into the cover to create a "frame" for the image. (Look carefully and you can see the outline.) The overall book shape is a custom-designed rectangle, wider than it is tall. The pages are 40-pound matte art-paper. Not shown: the ribbon marker attached to the book in a matching darker blue, for a "classic" touch.
The family tree background was hand-cut by Lindsay Lassen and computer-converted by Alex Kane (grandson and professional graphic designer). Book designer Joanne Bolton then "married" the image and the family names to create a stunning double-page spread.
Whoops, a blooper! The first debossing attempt from the printer. (White loop far right is my camera strap. Another blooper!)
A blank "dummy" book, created by the printer far in advance, to show the Kanes the exact size of their book, the cloth cover material, the paper quality and the lovely ribbon-marker. The dummy allowed them to get an idea of the finished book and also request any changes they wished.
The ordinary ISBN number on the back cover proved an extraordinary challenge on this type of cloth cover. Intense scrutiny ensued over placement, glue compatibility, aesthetics and a dozen arcane but vital issues. After weeks of back-and-forth, a solution was reached--deboss the area, machine-glue the ISBN, and shrink-wrap the books for transport. Problem solved, whew!
Elaine Ash with David, Yetta and their first book.
HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING, The Life Story of David and Yetta Kane is scheduled to arrive in Long Beach, California via container ship from China in December, 2011. The Kanes intend to sell their book via Amazon and donate copies to schools and libraries.
PRODUCTION TEAM: Editor, Elaine Ash; Book Design, Joanne Bolton; Graphic Design, Alex Kane and Lindsay Lassen; Transcriber, Andrea Fox. Printed in China through Bolton Associates Inc.