Finding an eco-friendly printer

It’s been a while since I updated you on the progress of My Secret Sasquatch. I did mention in my last post that I was juggling other projects, right?

Well, one of the projects that I thought would not be a priority until September came unexpectedly to the forefront for May-June-July. It’s all good, a very exciting creative project that I had in the plan anyway, just a matter of reordering my work schedule. And then there is another very exciting one that came up unexpectedly, which I hope to make an announcement about in the coming months.

But what that means for my book publication schedule is that things are delayed. I had been hoping to release the North American English-language edition of Hai kur mamashu shis (the collection of tales of the Yagán people that I translated from Spanish to English, which was published in Chile in 2005, and which WordPress won’t let me link to for some reason, so you’ll have to paste this link into your browser if you want to check it out: this fall and then My Secret Sasquatch in the spring. For both of those books, I really value using eco-friendly papers – at very least those that are oldgrowth-free. I also want to find a printer that links me into a major distribution system, so that once people hear of the book, they can actually find it! I am totally into doing the book promo myself (I actually really love talking about my books!), but I can’t reasonably do the distribution myself.

So, with those other projects moving in this spring/summer, I think I have missed the opportunity to get Shis out for the fall. I could probably get it printed in time, but it is too late for me to book a decent book tour at good venues. And no point rushing the printing if no one is going to hear about it, right? Especially considering I am not done with those other two projects yet – I cannot just drop them right now – so I do not have the time to properly devote to getting these two books out at the moment. If Shis moves to the spring, then My Secret Sasquatch also gets pushed back.

So that is the update. Even though this blog has been quiet, My Secret Sasquatch is moving ahead. Still on track for 2012 publication; it just may be autumn rather than spring.

If anyone has experience with printers – and, especially, printers who both use environmentally friendly papers and who are linked in to the major North American book distribution system (both Amazon and bookstores) I sure would appreciate hearing from you.


About Jacqueline Windh

I'm a writer, photographer, and radio broadcaster who is concerned about our planet and how we live our lives - hoping my work helps people to find new ways of thinking about issues such as personal health, wilderness, the environment, food security, thinking about the future. These things are all connected, you know...

Posted on July 24, 2011, in book, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. These days any printer of books should offer eco-friendly papers among their choices of paper stock. I will only use paper that is 100% recycled content on the books I produce under my Pig Squash Press imprint, so that no trees are murdered for my art. 😉 The print shop I use is Island Blue/Printorium Bookworks in Victoria. They are very quick and very good.

    • Thanks for your input, Kim.

      What I am looking for is something that truly is “ancient forest friendly.” Unfortunately, the labels that our government allows are very misleading. From what I understand, the official definition of “recycled” as far as paper ingredients includes offcuts from tree trunks (the outside parts of the log, that they could not cut into boards because of the round shape). It is very misleading, because it means they can sell paper as “recycled” that is straight out of the forest, has never been “cycled” (used by anyone) not to mention “recycled.” It is horrible – it means we consumers have to undertake so much research to know what we are truly getting.

      So for real recycled we need to look for products labelled as “post-consumer recycled” – meaning that it was at least used once before becoming recycled into paper.

      There is this great list at that lists the paper suppliers in North America that are considered to be “environmentaly preferable.” They have a column on the chart that lists whether the paper is also “ancient forest friendly” and very few of them are. Even on this list of environmental best options, most of them are not!

      I, also, want to make sure that no trees are murdered for my books. But it is very hard to find the few products that truly represent that. The labels are so misleading. The whole recycling thing has become a joke, honestly. I know there are some truly environmentally friendly paper products out there (on that list, for example) but I am not sure that there are any major printers who are using them, and who are also linked into the major North American book distribution systems (actually functionally working with Amazon as well as with print book distribution). Many of the printers trust that we will accept the word “recycled” as being environmentally friendly – but unfortunately it is not necessarily so. We have to do so much research to get around their labelling.

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