It’s Small Business Update time with Dick Margulis from Dick Margulis Creative Services – he makes books, in effect, providing a range of services for authors. We first chatted to Dick back in February 2012, and then again in March 2013, March 2014, May 2015 and most recently, June 2016. This time last year, this was his plan: “Y’know, I’ve been talking about our cohousing project for so long, saying that this would be the year we finally moved in, that I’m thinking I’m going to give the project the code name Jerusalem. As in “next year in Jerusalem.” <sardonic_laugh />” Let’s see what’s going on in his work life at the moment …
Hello again, Dick! So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
No. At least not physically. Yet more bureaucratic hurdles have delayed the start of construction on our cohousing project. In a triumph of obstinacy over common sense, though, we persist.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
I’m still doing what I love, helping people realize their vision of a beautiful, well-made book with which to convey their ideas, their stories, their legacies. What is new is that I’ve developed a specialty—still just a small part of my practice—of recreating the look and feel of typesetting from bygone eras. By using modern digital fonts and standard software rather than the far costlier approach of reproducing old techniques with antique equipment in a museum-like environment, I can bring in these special projects within affordable budgets. Plus I have a lot of fun doing it.
You can read all about Dick’s new type project here – with images, so do pop through to have a look!
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
The things I’ve learned since the elevation of Donald Trump are all things I wish I’d never learned. Let’s leave it at that.
I’d say that was completely fair enough! Any more hints and tips for people?
The world did not spring into existence fully formed the day you were born. Your elders may actually know things you don’t know—useful things—and you should allow for that possibility before waving them away.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Every day brings a new outrage that I can’t have foreseen, so I’m not about to guess at what lies a year hence.
I love Dick’s new project with the bygone type – I hope you did click through to have a look as it’s fabulous work. I hope things improve regarding housing and politics, and stay just as inventive and creative in his work life!
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