May Multi-Offer

This month we have three great offers for you to choose from!

 

Our MOTHER’S DAY OFFER is for all the mothers out there!

 

Our ARMED FORCES DAY OFFER is for all those who have served or are serving in the armed forces!

 

Our DOUBLE OFFER is for all those ladies who do double time serving as a mother AND serving in the armed forces!

 

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Coloring Book Offer

2015 Easter Offer

 

Get 250 or more copies of your coloring book printed with us before the 30th of April, 2015, and receive 20 FREE extra prints of it!

Fill out our Quote Request Form to get your coloring book quote today!

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Why Your Perfect Bound Book Needs The Proper Margins

More often than not, your book is going to be perfect bound. So making sure you follow the perfect binding margins when formatting your book is very important.

Let me give you a quick review of what perfect binding is, just in case you are new to the scene. Perfect binding is the most commonly used form of binding on paperback books. Pages are bound together with a glue adhesive rather than being sewn or stitched. It is also used to bind publications that are too thick to be stapled using the saddle-stitch method.

Here is an example of a perfect bound book…

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VISUAL APPEAL:

So why is it important to set margins correctly? Basically, it’s so your copy appears centered on each page and is not trimmed off or lost in the binding. It gives the inside of your book a more visual appeal for the reader.

Here is a quick art edit I made of a book that has no margins…

No Margins Example

See how the text gets lost in the binding, and how generally unappealing it is to the eye?

Now let’s look at this quick art edit I did of a book with the proper margins…

With Margins Example

That’s a heck of a lot better! Easier to read, and nothing is lost.

 

SETTING MARGINS BEFORE WRITING YOUR BOOK

It’s best to make sure all your margins are set before you start writing your book. That way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of tweaking the layout afterward. Some tweaks may be needed after the editing process due to copy changes, but it will be easier to deal with when the margins are set correctly for the layout.

Also, proper margin setup will make your book go through a prepress department quicker. They wont have to work on that part of it, taking up more time before the book goes to press and gets to you.

Our standard margins at A&A Printing are .5″ on the top, bottom and face of the book (the outer side edge area). The binding edge is always .75″.

 

- Post by Tammie Nason, Social Media, A&A Printing

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Valentine Offer!

February 14th 2015 Offer

 

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National Adoption Awareness Month Spotlight

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The Inspirational Laymon A. Hicks

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May is Young Achiever’s of Tomorrow Month. What better way for us to celebrate it than to spotlight a man who spends his time trying to motivate and encourage today’s youth so they can become the young achiever’s of tomorrow?

Click on the Featured Books button to the left to find out more about this inspirational man and his books!

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Attention Roger Rabbit Fans!



Our newest Featured Books is from the brilliant,
Gary K. Wolf, creator of Roger Rabbit and friends!

 

Click on the Featured Books button on the left to read more about Gary and the newest case Eddie Valient finds himself on with Roger!

 
 
 
 
 

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A book for Foodies AND Children!

We are excited to feature SMALL THYME COOKS by well-renowned winemaker/designer Andre Hueston Mack!

Click on the Featured Books button to the left to see more about this coloring & activity book that will keep you amused for hours.

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Featured Books Update

We have updated our Featured Books section!

You can find ALL of our great featured books and featured publishers there!

Our most recent book spotlight is special for the month of April. April is “National Autism Awareness Month”. We’ve spotlighted the ADAPTED FOR ACCESSIBILITY BOOKS written by Jeff McGunegle.

Adaptable Books

Adapted novels are used in school systems throughout the United States and especially in North Carolina. The novels have been used in research projecs by renowned Special Education department at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The books have shown to be an effective literacy tool, especially to those with moderate-to-severe cognitive disabilities, such as autism.

To read more about these great books, just click on the Featured Books button on the left side of our site!

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Book Spotlight – A Fairies ABC – by Janet O’Rourke

A Fairies ABC

A Dream Come True…

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Written and Illustrated by Janet O’Rourke

If you’re a fan of fairies, you’ll love this book. While learning the ABCs of fairies, such as “W is for Wonderful”, you’ll get a chance to see the beautiful illustrations created by Janet O’Rourke.

About The Author – Janet O’Rourke

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Janet O’Rourke is an internationally known wood artist working alongside her husband Jay. Janet has taken this life long wood working skill and mixed in her passion for drawing fairies to create this magical book. She takes inspiration from the world around her and sprinkles fairies dust from her imagination to create these lovely & colorful illustrations. Janet lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband; her two dogs, Cash & Fiona; and her two cats, Zelda & Baby.

A Note From Janet

Welcome to my world…
A little dream come to life!
I have always loved fairies. As a little girl listening to my beautiful mom telling me stories I would imagine these beautiful creatures in my mind. Each of my fairies are here to spread abundant love, joy and happiness. I truly hope you enjoy them as much as I have had in creating them.

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JANET O’ROURKE DESIGNS
Janet and Jay O’Rourke

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There is a secret mystical quality to our vessels. We are so happy with our new work. We have been making wooden boxes and vessels for over 40 years, our main concentration for most of our career were hinged boxes and vessels out of exotic hardwoods. We were feeling really bad about using rainforest wood so now that we are using found wood we are doing something good for the environment. We are published in over 14 books an numerous magazine articles; we are in museum and corporate collections all over the world.
All our vessels are made of found wood from storms; we cure the wood for about a year sometimes putting it in a compost pile to spault the wood, beautiful black patters are brought out when there is a fungus in the wood.
Jay is fantastic wood turner. He turns these pieces into hollow form wooden vessels and bowls. Then he gives them to me a blank canvas. I have my background in illustration so why not treat the wood like a canvas. I carve each finial mostly birds and other beautiful images from our garden, our inspiration! Then I use pigments on the woods with our own formula. Then I do Pyrography and paint the pieces and to most of these add a little magic. So if our work makes you smile and you feel good that’s our goal and we have made you happy!

LINKS

Click the logo below to be directed to Janet’s website

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Click HERE to go to Facebook to like the
Janet O’Rourke Designs and Jay O Boxes fanpage.

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