What binding options do you offer?
At Advantage, we offer a wide variety of binding styles. We can do the following: Perfect Binding (soft cover), Adhesive and Smyth Sewn Case Binding (hard cover), Mechanical (Spiral) binding using plastic coil or metal wire-o, side sewing and center sewing.
What information is needed in order to provide pricing?
We require the following specifications in order to understand your project, and to price it accurately.
Trim size (the paper size from left to right, and top to bottom) ex. 8 ½ x 11
Whether we will be printing, and if it will print in black and white or color (Any color pages will be considered a color printing project)
Cover material (We generally offer cloth, leather, and preprinted covers)
Whether there will be foil stamping on the cover (we will need to know if this is text or imagery as well)
What is our turnaround time?
Our typical schedule is 2 – 3 weeks to allow us 12-15 working days. We DO offer rush schedules based on your project, so please address your due dates if you have one when you inquire.
How do I begin work with you?
As with any project, we will need to collect all specifications and details of your project. From there, we will provide you with our best pricing. Once that has been established, we can go over scheduling and any other fine details. For new customers, we require a 50% material deposit at the beginning of the project, and collect the final balance at project completion. We will also need all files ready to print/begin when starting a project.
Do you offer editing/publishing?
We are a trade bindery/custom book boutique, so we do not typically edit any files, or publish anything for authors. We are happy to make design suggestions when working on a project for the best final product, but do not have the means to design text pages and preprinted covers for you. It is best to have everything exactly as you would like it, so that we can focus on our expertise and give you a high quality product.