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Book Design by Walton Mendelson, 12on14


With forty years of experience in book design, prepress issues, and production, as well work in such diverse fields as engineering, music, writing, editing, visual arts, small press publishing, I bring unique, renaissance views, skills, and experiences to your book. My gallery shows not just variety but that much of the work I've done is the tough job: typesetting music and poetry, restoring photographs, enhancing art, prepress work to minimize the cost of printing artwork with the best quality possible, creating art work, compositing, using design to assist complex text issues, editing.

Note: last fall through some confusion and carelessness, the domain 12on14.com was lost. Maybe I'll get it back, I don't know. So reborn, is 12on14.us.

For Authors, Publishers, Self-publishers, Memento Books, eBooks, Mini books
Whether you're the author, the publisher, or want to self publish, one of the most exciting things that can happen to you is holding your finished book. Everything about it is a joy, the feel of the paper, the book cover, the way the pages turn, even the smell. You’ll thumb through it a hundred times, and each time you’ll marvel at the transformation. My job is to work with you to design the best book possible and to make sure that moment is all it can be.
For your Art Book, Memento Book, or memory book, for artists, scrapbookers, and anyone with a photo album, your art, photographs and memories are the most personal and cherished—and deserve more than a cursory “upload your jpegs, choose one of our three classic styles, order prints.”
CS Digital: A Practical Guide to CS Digital Possibilities
8 x 11, 120 pages, $29.95
Build Your Book—a guide to building your own book
8 1/2 X 11, 32 pages, PDF 1.25MB Free
Tender Loving Greed by Mary Adelaide Mendelson
The 1974 George C. Polk winning expose that's a relevant today as it was 35 years ago.
How to Write Your First Book
Fallacies, Fables, and Fiction: a complete guide to writing your first book. From writing to editing to formatting. Everything you need to know. Exclusively from 12on14.us. 8 1/2" x 11" 128 pages, 3MB PDF. Free.

Free Downloads

Two dozen free downloads on working with CreateSpace, writing, copyright, ISBNs, how-to's for common problems, annotated guides, music, boooks, and more!

12on14 Book Templates. 124, 8 1/2 X 11, 300dpi, png file templates for do it yourself, desktop, self publishing books, booklets, and mini books: for 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, 4 1/2 X 5 1/2, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, and 2 3/4 X 4 1/4, in up to 32 pages books. Design and print your own books, booklets, and mini books! 124 templates and instructions. 14.3MB. For personal and commercial use. Free!

20 Years in Prescott, Arizona
I moved from Cleveland to Prescott, Arizona, in 1989. Nestled within a forest of Ponderosa and Junipers, Prescott is a magnificent setting within which to create art—and designing and building a book is art. With email, FedEx, and the phone, Prescott is close as next door.
Pricing & Quoting
Unlike many book designers and print on demand companies, I don't have good, better and best (silver, gold, platinum, titanium, uranium) levels of book design. If I design your book, my goal is to give you the absolute best. Every book is different—italics, special typographic effects, foreign words, poetry, extracts—as is every book cover, photo, and piece of art: different, unique, and yours. What I quote is what you pay. Obviously, time controls billing. You can get a sense of how long things take by going to my gallery of book covers. Click on a cover to see the times and design issues.
Getting a quote is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Look at my gallery, you'll get a feeling for what I do
2. Click on Quote to see what I need from you to realize your vision.
3. Email me at 12on14.
My goal is to make your work the best it can be. When it is finished, I want to be as proud of it as you. My guarantee is that we will work to get there together. You will receive a press quality PDF or fully packaged InDesign files. One of the many things that makes my service unique is that before you make the final commitment and send your files for publication. Generally, now, with the low cost of books from CreateSpace, I no longer make a comp for you but use CS to create one if you are not using them.
Photo Restoration, Art, Fine Art Printing by Walton Mendelson, 12on14
There are no shortcuts to photo restoration or to making a great art print, just hard work and a good eye. Look at my gallery to get a sense of what's possible. For the fine art print, exhibition grade: I print with the Epson 7600, UltraChrome, inkjet printer on Epson archival papers. Epson calls the combination their Epson Ultra Giclée. I ship flat in AirFloat print packaging. Catalogue of selected art work: Catalogue .
Tutorials and Glossary on Book Design, Type, and Printing
See our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
See Information for information and tutorials on book design, type, typesetting, and typography; see our Glossary of Technical Terms (A-B, C, D-F, G-H, I-L, M-O, P-R, S, T-X).
83 pages on type, typesetting, book design, proof reader's marks, and more!
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Thank you,

Walton Mendelson, 12on14




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This Inside Wire / www.thisinsidewire.com Apollo's Cipher / www.apolloscipher.com
The Blue Bells Trilogy / www.bluebellstrilogy.com & www.bluebellstrilogy.com/blog
Blur Live Audio Archive / www.blurliveaudioarchiveproject.blogspot.com JunieB / www.goodmannerskidsstuffpress.com
Just a Word Alzheimer's / www.roselamatt.com/
2be4tunate / www.2be4tunate.com & 2be4tunate.blogspot.com
Wicked Sunny /www.wickedsunny.com
Words of Hope for Caregivers / www.wordsofhopeforcaregivers.com
Words from the Hay Loft / wordsfromthehayloft.blogspot.com
A Book Lover / abooklover-sierra.blogspot.com/
Heather LaVine / www.heatherlavine.com
PerryPerkinsBooks / www.perryperkinsbooks.com
Portland Fatherhood Examiner / www.pdxdads.com
Polka Dat Patti / www.polkadotpatti.com
One-Off Press www.oneoffpressbooks.com
 Art Deadline.com for information on shows, art income, opportunities, and more: Access Arts' ArtDeadline.com
 New work, editing and formatting: Hotelbooster II, by Leon Birdi, for Salesbooster Group North America. Read what I thought, and what they did.
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