How to Get a Quotation

(o paano alamin ang halaga ng pagpapaimprenta ng inyong libro gamit
ang offset machine)

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There are several technical aspects we need to keep in mind when the creative aspect of writing a manuscript is done. When entering the print production stage, most clients request for a quotation for their publication by indicating just the number of copies they require or an estimate of the number of pages of their publication. Southern Voices Printing Press would like to provide these information to those who are already looking into the printing phase after much editorial and layout work has been deliberately finished. This is to guide first-timers into the details of print work.

To get a quotation for your print job, please include the following specifications:

  • Type of Publication: Ex. book, brochure, yearbook, magazine, etc.
  • Paper Stock (material of cover and inside pages): Ex. C2S 80, Matt 80, Book 60, etc.
  • Page Size: Ex. 8.5″ X 11″, A4, 6″ X 9″, 7″ X 10″etc.
  • Number of Pages: Cover pages always count to 4 pages (front cover, inside front cover, inside back cover and back cover; inside pages count from the first page after the inside front cover, such as a title page, up to the last one before the inside back cover page.
  • Number of Copies/Quantity: We print using an offset machine which is cost effective at a minimum of 300 copies. The offset printing component of the costs is the same whether you want to publish 300 copies or 1,000 copies. Therefore, the bigger the volume, the lower is your publication’s cost per copy. This is good to know especially for indie publishers who intend to sell their publications. At any rate, SVPP normally preserves your printing plates (aluminum sheets which contain the images of your pages), so if you need to have second (2nd) or third (3rd) runs of your successful publication, the cost will be lower than that of the first run.
  • Color (cover and inside pages): Your cover pages with colored photos are run in full colors, or 4 colors — magenta, cyan, yellow and black. Expect this to be. more expensive than an artfully rendered black and white cover design. Inside pages may be just in black (for novels, for example) or full colors (for annual reports, yearbooks, or presentation materials). Some designs call for 2 to 3 spot colors, carefully mixed by our operator from PANTONE color guides (https://www.pantone.com/hk/en/color-bridge-guide-coated).
  • Binding: The cheaper binding method is called saddle-stitch binding (staplers in the middle of a spread of pages), usually for publications not more than 40 to 60 pages. Thicker than this, we recommend perfect binding. Much thicker than this, we employ smythe-sewing – -literally sewing the pages!
  • Cover Finish: For simpler designs, we recommend matte lamination. For extra effects, you may choose to have spot UV lamination or foil stamping on some elements of your cover design. You may also choose to emboss the title of your book on the cover. Covers without any lamination are, of course, prone to scratches and easily damaged.

To those who are considering their budget, SVPP would like to recommend that you choose a cheap kind of paper and print without color so the total cost will lessen. But to those who want their publications to look extra special, consider the design of the layout, the quality of paper, print in full color and hardbound with emboss cover.

Please note we are not a photocopying service. We cannot produce just 1 or 20 copies of your book. Since we use offset printing, the higher the number of copies, the lower the price of the product per piece. The total cost will be higher but if you look into the price per piece, it is much practical to print a lot so you can sell your product at a lower price.

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Southern Voices Printing Press

Southern Voices Printing Press (SVPP) was founded in November 7, 2007 by social activists and entrepreneurs Pia Perez and Joel Garduce, after initiating a small start-up business of desktop publishing in 1993-1999. The desktop lay-outing and printing served as a stepping stone for an offset plate printing and publishing enterprise that primarily gives service to advocacies for the poor. Originally named "Tinig ng Timog", SVPP supports the voicing out of struggles of the people from the South, the less empowered and the voiceless; as it serves as an accessible channel to publish progressive children's storybooks, biographic works of political prisoners and activists, among others. The authentic and genuine stories of those who truly serve, people who live and walk on paths unacknowledged by popular media, the press holds sacred and true. SVPP cherishes and weaves these stories into a blanket of letters that warms the heart, and ignites the fire within. SVPP specialize in offset printing, graphic design, computer-aided typesetting and layout services. We print books, journals, newsletters, manuals, primers, brochures, posters, leaflets, souvenir programs, magazines, among others.

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