This is the answer I got back from Michael A. Smith of lodima press:
On 7/19/11 8:40 AM, Joel Farris wrote:
I have a large quantity of questions. Some, my own but most have come to me from members of APUG. The most notable being, how many entries may be submitted from one person and how many categories. My personal thought being that each individual should pick the best of what they have and submit just one.
You are correct. Just one!
Another question that relates to the first is how pictures are typically in a book and would they be categorized? Knowing APUG and the artistic world of photography as you do, the number of categories would be staggering. I would definitely appreciate your input on this so that I may answer them on APUG.
Alphabetical order. That way no one can complain. And you can count on many complaining if there is any hierarchy--even one by category (which category would come first?).
Except: color and black and white need to be separated. Otherwise black and white is run as four-color and there is always a strange and inappropriate color cast. To run the sheets twice--once for color and once for gray scale doubles part of the printing cost. We do this ourselves and we can get it quoted both ways.
Now to get down to the real nitty-gritty, cost. I will need to know how many orders you would need to make something like this viable and at what cost per unit. I think that we need to know how big, how many pages, images per page, cover style.
To get a quote, for which we always charge $200 since there is a fair amount of work involved, but for APUG I will not charge anything, we need, as you guessed, some information.
1. Trim size of the book. That is page size.
2. Number of pages
3. Size of print run.
4. Hardbound or Softbound
5. If hardbound: dust jacket or tipped in plate on front.
6. If softbound: flaps?
7. There are other things, but I can fill those in. This is where to begin. When you give me number of pages, include front matter and back matter.
Oh yes, one photograph per page. Ideally on the opposite page there would be a brief bio of the photographer and a small portrait. Which will make the book longer, but so much more interesting and valuable. It would also make it so much emotionally warmer.
If everyone is paying for their own page and an equal share of the front matter and the back matter the cost per person should not be that great.
Other: who will look at all of the scans to make sure each one is proper resolution and has been properly done?
Is this a thread on APUG? If so, send me the link and you can post your email and my responses to it. And you can do that with all of my answers.
Let me know what I don't know.
Note: This is in a questio/answer form.