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So sometimes I forget about this since I'm all focused on poetry stuff, but my main man pointed out to me today that some people who aren't poetry...

So sometimes I forget about this since I'm all focused on poetry stuff, but my main man pointed out to me today that some people who aren't poetry people probably have no idea what I'm talking about when I use the word CHAPBOOK.
I'm often going on about printing poetry chapbook innards and designing chapbooks and binding chapbooks and so on, and some people might be wondering what the heck I even mean.
For those who don't know and might be interested, chapbooks are books that are smaller than standard full-length books and are often hand designed.
My Blood Pudding Press is basically an indie press run by one woman (me) through which I design little books that are 15 to 30 pages long or thereabouts and those are called chapbooks. I initially design the cover of the book on my computer and the innards (i.e the inside pages of the book) on my computer and then I print them out one page after another, on specially selected paper.
Then I get down on the ground with the printed out pages, position them all in the right order, and either staple them together or hand bind them, by punching little holes in between the pages and fastening the pages together with ribbon or yarn.
It's kind of like a little artsy poetry (maga)zine, that usually features 13 to 30 poems by one poet.
I've been working on this sort of stuff for so many years (and have a lot of other poetry friends that work on this sort of stuff or are familiar with it) that I tend to incorrectly assume that most people know what a chapbook is, but really probably the only people who are familiar with chapbooks are creative writers and artists.
If you're not a creative writer or artist, but you sometimes read my wall posts and wonder what the heck all this chapbook talk is all about, now you might have a little more of an idea. :)
P.S. There isn't any one specific structure or design style involved with chapbooks or one set in stone length of chapbooks. There's lots of different creative approaches to the matter. But overall, I think of chapbooks as unique creative offerings that are smaller than full-length books.
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Update : 08-10-2017

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