Their Winning Ways
You contribute to the industry with speakers at BookTech and involvement at Bookbuilders West events. How does it benefit you personally and University of California Press in general?
Whatever I contribute to the profession by speaking at meetings or giving seminars is always rewarded. I learn through dialogs, through question periods and then often through the give-and-take of discussions with others in the design, typesetting, production, materials and book manufacturing communities.
It is enormously rewarding for me personally, and I hope it enables me to bring back to UC Press ideas about possible new methods for achieving our design and production goals, whether it is a more cost-effective method or a potential saving by using a different text stock or binding material. Beyond that, it is a pleasure to meet one's colleagues, exchange ideas and compare production alternatives, as well as to establish an ongoing dialog with our valued suppliers. We always regard our activities as only one side of the coin. We rely on the expertise and help of our suppliers as much as they rely on our business--it is the partnership that results in a successful end product. The efforts of our suppliers merge with our own efforts to create the best books, which is why we believe in long-term relationships and do not shop around very much once we have settled on satisfactory arrangements. As I mentioned before, our list is wide ranging in its manufacturing demands, and we select vendors in a variety of categories in the belief that no one supplier is suitable to handle everything.
What's the favorite aspect of your job?
There isn't one, which is perhaps the whole point. I relish the diversity of the titles we publish, the endlessly unfolding options for materials to be selected, the typefaces to be used, the best way to handle the prepress and the manufacturing. It all means constant activity and choices. A terrific staff makes my working day that much more pleasurable.