is the first ever Wimpy Kid Month, which will become an annual event. Tomorrow,
April 28th, the cover and title for the 9th book in the
Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be revealed in a free
event reminds me of an amazing experience that I had with books last
love printed books. I've written numerous books. For years as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James, I’ve helped others get
their books into print.
something was missing from my experience. I had never toured a book
manufacturing plant. I wanted to see how books were assembled from large rolls
of paper to books you can hold in your hand.
October I finally had that magical experience. I spoke at the Wisconsin Writers Association
and I knew one of the largest book manufacturers was in Stevens Point,
Wisconsin. I arranged a tour of Worzalla Book Publishing which has been operating since 1898.
The plant runs 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
got to wear your walking shoes because the plant is over 300,000 square feet of
building space. They were running many different print jobs as I walked through.
Some machines were binding paperbacks while others were adding the jackets on
hardcovers. Others were assembling the signatures of books into stacks and
another machine added the hardcover binding.
large project in the plant was printing six million copies of Book #8 of the
Wimpy Kid Diary books. I was not allowed to take any photos of this
printing because the book is embargoed and will not release in the bookstores
until November 2, 2013. Yet six million books are not magically printed
overnight and shipped to stores around the country. It happens ahead of time in
book plants like Worzalla.
the book in pieces in some places and at other machines like in the bindery,
they were completely assembled and packed into boxes and on pallets for
permission, I took a few photos to include with this post. The rolls of paper
are massive and weighed 1300 to 1600 pounds EACH. Notice the tall stacks in
their warehouse. These rolls of paper become books.
been wanting to visit this plant for years and last fall, one of my dreams came
true. My plans paid off and I managed to see how books are
are you dreaming of seeing manufactured? How can you take action to set
something into motion where you can see this take place? Or maybe it is some
trip you want to take. How will you achieve this dream in the days
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