Sunday, August 01, 2010

Corvine Call: Hartmann the Anarchist

As promised, I've put together an edition of E. Douglas Fawcett's Hartmann the Anarchist: handbound hardcovers, 4.25" x 10.25", printed on recycled farm-waste paper and covered in repurposed upholstery samples. Adding hardcover titles to the catalog has been a much-delayed milestone. (I still owe one friend a book ordered before there was a Corvus Editions.)  But one of the things about microenterprises is that they impose their own pace. In a one-person show, sometimes the next logical step turns out to involve a cascade of complications, and there's generally nobody to help pick up the slack. In this case, the complications were almost all related to my workspace. After all, it's one thing to talk about running a business out of your kitchen or den, but, in the end, it's a lot nicer to have a space set aside and well-adapted to the work at hand. Over the last couple of months, my workspace issues have started to work themselves out, and I've made some significant adjustments in the way I manage daily operations for Corvus. After a year of sort of limping along, it was time to push things forward or consider wrapping things up. The nice thing about these low-overhead operations is that, once you get over the hurdles, you can sometimes make up for lost time. I'm in one of those periods with Corvus Editions right now, and Hartmann is just one of a number of new titles -- and new formats -- that I've finally been able to add to the catalog.

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