DCDESIGN was established in 1996 in Brattleboro, Vermont, by Dede Cummings, a published poet and Brattleboro resident for the past 28 years. Cummings moved to Brattleboro after five years in Boston at Little, Brown & Company. Brattleboro had long been a draw for Boston and New York book designers: the quality and customer service at the various type houses was legendary, and The Book Press was a top printer in the industry. DCDesign enjoys a national reputation within the publishing industry for high-quality work, gearing up for success in a new era of publishing with a focus on working individually with authors to bring their books out professionally and with global distribution. We have full- and part-time staff, including editors and proofreaders, indexers, web development, and a burgeoning marketing and publicity team We love traditional typography, but are not afraid to innovate. Cummings was trained as a letterpress printer, so her love of kerning, letterspacing, and ligatures is based on hot metal experience.
DCDESIGN Books has a number of book deals completed and in the works. We are currently the publisher of record for When Words Count. Dede’s passion for good writing comes through in how she approaches her work, and the books she champions are tightly edited and presented to the book trade and film industry as finely-tuned works. One tenet of her representation is believing in the work—the words of each author ring true for personal transformation and the team at DCDESIGN shares this mission of bringing these voices into the world so others can benefit from their stories.
Editorial support is from Rose Alexandre-Leach, Josh Bovee, Cathryn Lykes, Jenna Gersie, Sarah Ellis, Hilary Brown, and Michael Fleming—all topnotch editors and proofreaders. Freelance designers are also available. Dede works as the lead designer. One thing that sets our agency apart, is the control of design and the complete packaging of each book to reflect and build on the author’s brand. We also create eBooks and design interactive blog-websites with Twitter and Facebook pages to support publication.
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