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Valerie Brewster

Valerie Brewster - Designer

Valerie

Book designer and production manager with over 20 years experience creating beautiful book packages for publishers and authors.

Overview

I'm a book designer and production manager who can design a beautiful book and help you navigate from manuscript to print or ebook. Realistic estimates, experienced advice. I will listen to you. Detail oriented. Will care about your book almost as much as you do.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies Literature Poetry Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs History Philosophy Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Travel

Certifications

  • BA, English UC Berkeley

Awards

  • Bookbuilder's West award-winner

Work experience

owner, art director

VJB/Scribe (Scribe Typography)

June, 1990 – Present (over 26 years)

Design and production management for publishers and self-publishers. Current clients include Copper Canyon Press, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Counterpoint, West Chester University Poetry Center, American Poetry Review. Deep experience in publishing, printing, prepress, multilingual titles, 4-color printing. Author and publisher of Bookbuilder's Almanac.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Bookbuilder's Almanac

Valerie J Brewster

Build beautiful books with help from Bookbuilder's Almanac, an idea book of typefaces and calibrated examples demonstrating the strengths and limitations of digital printing for print-on-demand books. Authors, self-publishers, and designers should have this book as a tool to evaluate which typefaces and techniques yield the best results. Publishers and editors should have this book to aid deci... read more

Build beautiful books with help from Bookbuilder's Almanac, an idea book of typefaces and calibrated examples demonstrating the strengths and limitations of digital printing for print-on-demand books. Authors, self-publishers, and designers should have this book as a tool to evaluate which typefaces and techniques yield the best results. Publishers and editors should have this book to aid deci... read more

Garden Time

W. S. Merwin

"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty." —Booklist, starred review of The Moon before Morning "Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page." —Helen Vendler, The New York Review of BooksW.S. M... read more

"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty." —Booklist, starred review of The Moon before Morning "Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page." —Helen Vendler, The New York Review of BooksW.S. M... read more

One With Others: [a little book of her days]

C.D. Wright

Honored in "Best Books of the Year" listings from The New Yorker, National Public Radio, Library Journal, and The Huffington Post."One With Others represents Wright's most audacious experiment yet."—The New Yorker"[A] book . . . that defies description and discovers a powerful mode of its own."— National Public Radio"[A] searing dissection of hate crimes and their malignant legacy."—BooklistTo... read more

Honored in "Best Books of the Year" listings from The New Yorker, National Public Radio, Library Journal, and The Huffington Post."One With Others represents Wright's most audacious experiment yet."—The New Yorker"[A] book . . . that defies description and discovers a powerful mode of its own."— National Public Radio"[A] searing dissection of hate crimes and their malignant legacy."—BooklistTo... read more

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins

Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, hom... read more

Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, hom... read more

A Trackless Path

Ken McLeod

The first section of A Trackless Path is a thoughtful introduction to the text and McLeod's relationship with it; the second is his beautiful and evocative translation of an ancient poem on dzogchen; the third and main part of the book is his thoughtful commentary through which he illuminates the meaning of the poem, verse by verse. McLeod is clearly writing (and writing clearly) for the seeke... read more

The first section of A Trackless Path is a thoughtful introduction to the text and McLeod's relationship with it; the second is his beautiful and evocative translation of an ancient poem on dzogchen; the third and main part of the book is his thoughtful commentary through which he illuminates the meaning of the poem, verse by verse. McLeod is clearly writing (and writing clearly) for the seeke... read more

Dead Man's Float

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison's final book of poems, published only a few months before his death“[Jim Harrison] is still close to the source Dead Man's Float is, as its title would suggest, a flinty and psalmist look at mortality and wonder.”—Los Angeles Times”Mr. Harrison’s novels and poems over the last two decades have been increasingly preoccupied with mortality, never so much as in Dead Man’s Float, his ... read more

Jim Harrison's final book of poems, published only a few months before his death“[Jim Harrison] is still close to the source Dead Man's Float is, as its title would suggest, a flinty and psalmist look at mortality and wonder.”—Los Angeles Times”Mr. Harrison’s novels and poems over the last two decades have been increasingly preoccupied with mortality, never so much as in Dead Man’s Float, his ... read more

A Town of Empty Rooms

Karen E. Bender

Karen E. Bender burst on to the literary scene a decade ago with her luminous first novel, Like Normal People, which garnered remarkable acclaim.A Town of Empty Rooms presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine, estranged from one another as they separately grieve over the recent loss of Serena’s father and Dan’s older brother. Serena’s actions cause the couple and their two small children to b... read more

Karen E. Bender burst on to the literary scene a decade ago with her luminous first novel, Like Normal People, which garnered remarkable acclaim.A Town of Empty Rooms presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine, estranged from one another as they separately grieve over the recent loss of Serena’s father and Dan’s older brother. Serena’s actions cause the couple and their two small children to b... read more

Fossil Island

Barbara Sjoholm

Two sisters look for independence and love in late nineteenth century Denmark Emilie Hansen, called Nik by her family, is a fourteen-year-old tomboy who spends her time dreaming and fossilizing on the nearby island of Fur, a geologic marvel. Her older sister, Maj, is studying to be a teacher and starting to entertain ideas of women’s rights introduced by her Swedish friend, Eva Sandström. Both... read more

Two sisters look for independence and love in late nineteenth century Denmark Emilie Hansen, called Nik by her family, is a fourteen-year-old tomboy who spends her time dreaming and fossilizing on the nearby island of Fur, a geologic marvel. Her older sister, Maj, is studying to be a teacher and starting to entertain ideas of women’s rights introduced by her Swedish friend, Eva Sandström. Both... read more

Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past

Red Pine

"A travel writer with a cult following."—The New York Times "There are very few westerners who could successfully cover so much territory in China, but Porter pulls it off. Finding Them Gone uniquely draws upon his parallel careers as a translator and a travel writer in ways that his previous books have not. A lifetime devoted to understanding Chinese culture and spirituality blossoms within i... read more

"A travel writer with a cult following."—The New York Times "There are very few westerners who could successfully cover so much territory in China, but Porter pulls it off. Finding Them Gone uniquely draws upon his parallel careers as a translator and a travel writer in ways that his previous books have not. A lifetime devoted to understanding Chinese culture and spirituality blossoms within i... read more

Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth

David C. Korten

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATEDNearly two years after the economic meltdown, joblessness and foreclosures are still endemic, Wall Street executives are once again getting massive bonuses, and our leaders in Washington lack the will to make desperately needed fundamental changes to the economy. Change will have to come from below. Agenda for a New Economy is the handbook for that revolution. I... read more

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATEDNearly two years after the economic meltdown, joblessness and foreclosures are still endemic, Wall Street executives are once again getting massive bonuses, and our leaders in Washington lack the will to make desperately needed fundamental changes to the economy. Change will have to come from below. Agenda for a New Economy is the handbook for that revolution. I... read more

Paris Was a Woman: Portraits from the Left Bank

Andrea Weiss

Originally published more than twenty years ago and winner of a Lambda Literary Award, Paris Was a Woman is a rare profile of the female literati in Paris at the turn of the century. Now with a new preface and illustrations, this "scrapbook" of their work—along with Andrea Weiss' lively commentary—highlights the political, social, and artistic lives of the renowned lesbian and bisexual Moderni... read more

Originally published more than twenty years ago and winner of a Lambda Literary Award, Paris Was a Woman is a rare profile of the female literati in Paris at the turn of the century. Now with a new preface and illustrations, this "scrapbook" of their work—along with Andrea Weiss' lively commentary—highlights the political, social, and artistic lives of the renowned lesbian and bisexual Moderni... read more

Cultivating the Mind of Love

Thich Nhat Hanh

Korea's premier poet, the former Buddhist monk Ko Un, presents 108 Zen poems. Ko Un, who is affectionately called "the great mountain peak" by his friends, is a traveler on the Way. Throughout his eventful life as monk, poet, novelist, political dissident, husband and father, Ko Un has dashed like a galloping horse, always moving and searching.When this volume first appeared in 1997 with the t... read more

Korea's premier poet, the former Buddhist monk Ko Un, presents 108 Zen poems. Ko Un, who is affectionately called "the great mountain peak" by his friends, is a traveler on the Way. Throughout his eventful life as monk, poet, novelist, political dissident, husband and father, Ko Un has dashed like a galloping horse, always moving and searching.When this volume first appeared in 1997 with the t... read more

Thundering Silence: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

Thich Nhat Hanh

In Thundering Silence Thich Nhat Hanh presents the early teachings of the Buddha on not becoming so attached to his teachings that we don’t see reality clearly anymore and become stuck in notions and ideologies, however noble they may be. These teachings can liberate us from the prisons of our mental constructions and allow us to enjoy life fully and be a resource for others. Near the end of h... read more

In Thundering Silence Thich Nhat Hanh presents the early teachings of the Buddha on not becoming so attached to his teachings that we don’t see reality clearly anymore and become stuck in notions and ideologies, however noble they may be. These teachings can liberate us from the prisons of our mental constructions and allow us to enjoy life fully and be a resource for others. Near the end of h... read more

Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America (Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute Poets in the World)

"[A] well-defined, important primer on Latin American poetics."—Booklist"When we read a book we put it in front of our eyes, not behind them, which is to say, more or less, that we open ourselves to a dimension of our future."—Raúl Zurita, from the introductionThis intensely focused bilingual anthology pinpoints the heart of Latin American self-identification. In selecting these fifteen essent... read more

"[A] well-defined, important primer on Latin American poetics."—Booklist"When we read a book we put it in front of our eyes, not behind them, which is to say, more or less, that we open ourselves to a dimension of our future."—Raúl Zurita, from the introductionThis intensely focused bilingual anthology pinpoints the heart of Latin American self-identification. In selecting these fifteen essent... read more

The Map of Enough: One Woman's Search for Place

Molly May

Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, with Molly on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changes... read more

Molly Caro May grew up as part of a nomadic family, one proud of their international sensibilities, a tribe that never settled in one place for very long. Growing up moving from foreign country to foreign country, just like her father and grandfather, she became attached to her identity as a global woman from nowhere. But, with Molly on the verge of turning thirty years old, everything changes... read more

Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment

Jamie Showkeir, Maren Showkeir

Authentic Conversations takes a radical new look at the potentially transformational role of workplace conversations. Through over twenty-five years of work as organizational consultants, Maren and James Showkier have discovered that conversation has the power to create, sustain or change organizational culture. But much of the time the kind of organizational culture these conversations sustai... read more

Authentic Conversations takes a radical new look at the potentially transformational role of workplace conversations. Through over twenty-five years of work as organizational consultants, Maren and James Showkier have discovered that conversation has the power to create, sustain or change organizational culture. But much of the time the kind of organizational culture these conversations sustai... read more

Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail

Paul Polak

Based on his 25 years of experience, Polak explodes what he calls the ""Three Great Poverty Eradication Myths"": that we can donate people out of poverty, that national economic growth will end poverty, and that Big Business, operating as it does now, will end poverty. Polak shows that programs based on these ideas have utterly failed--in fact, in sub-Saharan Africa poverty rates have actually... read more

Based on his 25 years of experience, Polak explodes what he calls the ""Three Great Poverty Eradication Myths"": that we can donate people out of poverty, that national economic growth will end poverty, and that Big Business, operating as it does now, will end poverty. Polak shows that programs based on these ideas have utterly failed--in fact, in sub-Saharan Africa poverty rates have actually... read more

Rum & Reggae's Caribbean (Rum & Reggae series)

Jonathan Runge

Geared toward sophisticated and savvy travelers who generally avoid swarms of tourists, this extraordinary guidebook documents the real Caribbean vacation. Completely revised from its previous edition, it boasts improved maps and more easily navigable information on hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches, going beyond the t-shirt stalls of Ochos Rios, the casinos in St. Maarten, the all-inclus... read more

Geared toward sophisticated and savvy travelers who generally avoid swarms of tourists, this extraordinary guidebook documents the real Caribbean vacation. Completely revised from its previous edition, it boasts improved maps and more easily navigable information on hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches, going beyond the t-shirt stalls of Ochos Rios, the casinos in St. Maarten, the all-inclus... read more

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