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Re: Newport R.I. newspaper events
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I think what you have done is awesome. In the world of genealogy, little attention can be paid to political correctness; when it comes to retrieving information that can lead to ancestral discoveries. I often stress conducting digital newspaper searches including such words as “colored” in combination with others to find news related to African Americans. Conversely, the bookshelves of libraries large and small are peppered with indexed, abstracted, and transcribed genealogical publications in which the author chose to “skip over” the items associated with African American lives—so again what you are doing is appreciated.
As for publication, that is an area where I can offer one limited perspective. I have self-published a book in 2008, and essentially I did all the layout and contracted with a small genealogy publishing outfit to obtain the copyright and print the books. I was talking to them at a conference last year, and they were saying how companies such as theirs were quickly disappearing. I plan to do a book I currently have in the works with them, but then I am going to go with a “regular” business in my community that is your standard small to medium sized franchise type printing establishment. It is amazing what they can do these days with the advances in technology, which is probably part of the reason why the aforementioned specialty publishers are losing their customer base. They produce in short order books of all sizes and covers, mostly in-house. And, you can benefit from print on demand, obtaining a handful of copies quickly and at a reasonable price. Finally, be sure to consider having an ebook version of your chapbook.
Hopefully others reading this forum that have some experience in this area will chime in.
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