The Harebrained Press Project is my attempt to fulfill a dream to undertake each stage in the process of creating a deluxe, handmade, limited edition run of my own book. This means carrying out as much of the printing, binding and publishing as possible myself, and without the resources of mainstream industry. Instead, I hope to rely on traditional methods and local support (with the exception of online marketing).
I have decided to do this for two reasons: firstly, because I would like to have the creative freedom to publish my book in the way that is best suited to its content; and, secondly, because I believe letterpress printed, hand-bound books have the potential to add to the quality of the reader’s encounter with the work.
After having spent ten years writing my book, I have completed stage one of my project—it is ready for printing. I am now starting out on the second part of my journey, which is learning the ancient crafts of typesetting and letterpress printing so that I might undertake this work myself. I have put together this website so that I can share my experiences with others who may be interested in writing, printing, bookbinding, or self-publishing themselves. I also hope to provide a forum for discussion on these topics.