We need to come to some sort of compromise if we are to get a book to press. The biggest objection I am seeing to Lodima Press doing this printing is not the cost but a one man panel judging our work. Every book, magazine or news paper has a singular editor that makes the final decisions and that is as it should be or chaos takes over. I can understand the objections but the way I see it, a juried selection would be impractical. Who here is willing to send even one print to a panel of "judges"? If we used a jury of twelve, that would be twelve prints going out in all different directions and that would be cost prohibitive. I don't know about the rest of you but my monitor isn't the greatest at reproducing tones. My own prints don't look the same on my monitor so how wouldni be able to judge the works of others, hence the idea for this book. So why not let one man with a vast background of looking at prints from professionals do all of the hard work and take all of the grief that goes with it.
The prices I have seen for a POD book get up over $100 unless we cut corners by going with a smaller book, lower quality paper and cut the number of pages and even then it is still close to that price. I have read where others have talked about starting with a POD and then later doing a fine art book. That seems backwards to me. How many people do you think would be interested in a second book if the first was not of the best quality?
Sean is correct, we need numbers and I am still befuddled as to why we haven't spread the word better. If Sean did put a banner at the top of each section I think more people would get involved but what will turn people off is this insecent bickering, name calling and shedding of blood. I assume that we are all adults here and as such can we not get together and come up with a plan other than "I don't want him judging me" or "I won't work with these people". I think that Michael and Ian should get together over a beer and talk over their differences. We already have several things going for us, a printer/publisher with excellent credentials, a group of APUG'ers with really good ideas and a whole gallery of talented artists. Could we not get a selection committee together to mull over submissions and then pass those on to Michael for him to edit? If Sean would agree, we might even get him to give the final nod. Of course this would be contingent on getting the number of submissions and purchasers where we need them.
Edit: I have been informed that this is not a viable option I also get the feeling that I have been dismissed.