Every new author is aware of the difficulties of getting their book printed. The top printing companies in the world don’t even look at budding authors if they are not exceptionally good. As a result most new authors are forced to get book printing done from elsewhere. And then they hope that their book will do well enough for the top publishers to take notice. But there is investment involved in this and it can be significant. There is a way out though. A short run book printer can help in this matter.
There is an inherent risk in self book printing. You don’t know how many copies of your book you should get printed. If you print too many but they don’t sell it’s massive loss of money for you. On the other hand if you print too few and the book starts selling like hot cakes then there is a shortage issue as well. But the second situation is much better because these days books can be printed very fast. And a brief shortage in the market will make people want your book all that much. When it hits the stands again the sales figures are bound to pick up once again.
You face problems when there is more supply than demand and this is where a short run book printer is so useful. The standard method of book printing is offset printing. This is a more cost effective method but here you need to print a large number of books. Short run printing is a process where you can get a smaller number of books printed. The cost of printing will be tad higher but then you will be able to gauge the response for your book and then consider the next course of action.
A short run book printer will use digital printing technology to print your book. The benefit of this form of printing is that there is no need to create those offset plates. Once you upload your book in PDF or some other approved format it can be digitally converted into a book. All the options of book printing are applicable to this form of printing – hard cover, colour printing and black and white printing and so on. You can even ask your short run book printer to create the artwork for your book.
There is a cost attached with what you intend to do and hence the recommendation is that you compare various short run book printing companies. Some of the book printers are able to give you an instant quote for your printing job. Once you have a few such quotes it is easier for you to make a decision. But yes, you shouldn’t just consider the cheapest short run book printer. There is the matter of quality to be kept in mind. Hence, you must strike a balance between quality and price. This is the best way to get your book printed in limited copies and then take the next decision.
Born in 1986 Lakhan Singh Jat an upcoming talented artist from Rajasthan, India. He Received his B.F.A and M.F.A Degree from Rajasthan School of Arts. He would love to paint his village and childhood memories on the canvas with the vibrant color strokes. He has received State Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Jaipur. Lakhan Singh held many solo shows across the country including at Hotel ITC Rajputana Sheraton Jaipur and Kalaneri Art Gallery. Also he received many prestigious awards in his artistic carrier. He lives and works in Rajasthan.
Sujith Kumar G.S. Mandya:
Riding along the streets of Mysore, as an art student at Shree Kala Niketana School of Art, what haunted the imagination of Sujith Kumar was not the magnificent palace or the people moving without any hurry along the crowded streets of the laid-back city. Sure, he would sketch monuments and human faces to his heart’s content but rather than the beauty and solitude of humans it was the cycles and auto rickshaws that provoked Sujith’s imagination, thus kindling his creative power. “Cycle is a dream and a carrier of life for the rustic Indian middle class. Every time I look at the same cycle it appears to be a new one to me; in a way it is the cycle of life…” he says. “I can’t see any humanity in city life, there is no peace…. It’s all rat race, but in villages you see the real humanity living in peace…” In a way Sujith talks about going back to nature with his tiny images of cycles. Sujith Kumar’s “Traffic City” is a clever composition depicting in an abstract way the chaos of traffic in the city. The black lines are strong and cross hatched throughout the composition creating an abstract illusion of rush and mayhem. The use of a deep red adds to the title of the composition, though visually we cannot see the other elements, there seems to be a general feeling of unrest. All his compositions focus on one main theme and color and his excellent linear quality depicts the theme. “As a student in Mysore it was a routine for me to draw people, places and objects to my heart’s content,” says this young artist. “My concern had always been to create an object with minimum strokes.” Sujith’s cycle is riding back to nature. From the crowded city scapes to the lush green landscapes of serenity. It is a ride back to the never-ending green..
R.D. Roy born in Kolkata, west bengal in 1979. He taught art from his father and other eminent artists of Calcutta. He love to paint the moments in the city streets of Kolkata, ancient temples and monuments through the strong brush strokes on his canvas. Strong realism is shown in every scene, the details clear and remarkable, and the colours unusually bright and strong for a work of watercolours. Also he like to paint figurative painting using viabrant color with the various medium. He lives and works in Bangalore.
- Taj Bengal Hotel, Kolkata in September 2013
- Artville Art Gallery, Bangalore from 12th to 19th January 2012.
- K.C.Das Gallery,Bangalore November 2010,October 2011.
- Chitrakala parishat, Bangalore, August 2010
- Ethos Art Gallery, Bangalore, September 2009
- Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore from 18th-22nd August 2008
- Goodtime Reading and Art shop, Kolkata in April 2003.
- Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in December 2001.