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So I changed the name of the Press.  Peachblood Press sounds so much better to me.  And I think it better represents the material that will be put forth through it.  I am not going to change the name of this journal because that would be ridiculous and too time consuming.   Also it will better represent my friend Herb Leonhard who has done the painting that will be used as the logo (?) I guess.  I still want to help expose my friends as best I can through these ventures.
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xo
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So I did some research on what I need to make my book official in this order.
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1 - Apply for an ISBN # http://www.isbn.org
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2 - Register with the US Copyright Office - http://www.copyright.gov/
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3 - Register with Bowker (http://www.bowker.com/) and Books in Print (http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/) and http://www.amazon.com
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Now of course I do not have to do any of this.  It will cost some money, but I am starting to think...so what?  Why not just do it because it will make me feel accomplished.  I will most likely not sell anything, but these are options in case I do want to take it further.  And I think it would be fun to have my very own book with my very own ISBN #.
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Neat -

binding -
http://tobycraig.livejournal.com/29223.html
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paper bag book -
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/ART/rt_room/sparkers/artist_book/make_a_book.html
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Japanese stab binding (my favorite) -
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http://www.wfu.edu/art/art111/files/stabbinding.pdf
http://www.sdmart.org/pix/japanesebook.pdf
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I'm going to hit the bookstores this weekend to find a couple of bookbinding/bookmaking books :)
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I want to try to see what I can do before asking a printer to do it because these are not going to be something I need in great bulk and I want to see what I can accomplish myself.   Should prove to be interesting if anything!
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xo
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Just for the record the below image is a forgery of an Athenian Owl Dekadrachm and I absolutely love it
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http://rg.ancients.info/deks/


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So this is really just a fun project and hopefully it will turn into a labor of love.  I have decided that if I am going to self-publish my own poetry and stories and other musings in chapbook style then I should have my own press right?  Now of course there are small presses galore in the world, but are there such things as sliver presses?  Because that is how teeny tiny this is going to be.  I have no grand idea of where this will go.  I am not pretending it is going to turn me into Margaret Atwood or A.S. Byatt.  I just want to publish some of my work so I can personally have a hard copy for myself and family and friends.  A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step and maybe a hop or two.  So let's see how this turns out.  I hope you will join me for the ride!  It should be fun with a lot of interesting scenery.
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So to begin I really want my chapbook to represent something special.  I have not really looked into any printers yet or looked at cost or what kind of paper I would like or binding.  Those are all the tasks that I need to take on in the next few weeks.  So I have to start researching. 
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I have been introduced to this wonderful writer and artist Deborah Brandon through my friend Bruce who resides at aboutlooking .  Her website is wonderful and this is kind of what I am aiming for -
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http://www.yoursavedlife.com/catalogue.html
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Also in my travels I have found this wonderful Magazine and small press called McSweeney's -
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http://www.mcsweeneys.net/
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and this wonderful site which seems along the lines of something I would love to accomplish someday -
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http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/
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xo
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