I think its something important to most of us here.
We all have a ton of music that we have created, arranged, transcribed, and NOTATED.
We’ve used various notational tools, my new fav is Dorico, of course.
Presently I use Lulu.com as my one-off printing press (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/astrologi).
Super easy, they only charge me for what it costs to print, I can set my own prices, and it looks great.
The problems are that Lulu just doesn’t care about MUSIC. It doesn’t even have “music” as a searchable category (even though many of us have asked them to add this for years). Its a book publisher, and so I have to do 8.5"x11" US letter sized scores and parts, printed and bound beautifully with saddle stitch or perfect bound (or even ring). But, it falls short because of the size limitations, and the lack of caring about a music category.
What do you folks use?
I’ve been scouring the internet looking for something like Lulu, easy as uploading the PDFs, designing the cover (Or uploading jpegs), and poof. Order a proof copy, and its done. You can print one or 10 (or as many as you need). Do you folks have any suggestions for good printing presses that allow one-off self publishing?
Is there anything like Lulu, that’s as easy, and worth it, price-wise,
that will do 9"x12" score and part sizes, as well as larger 11"x17" conducting scores?
I’m sure that Dorico will be able to create scores in whatever size we need, as I’ve read in the upcoming update.
I’m just going to throw this out there: there seems to be a hole in the market for this. Self-Publishing and direct one-off printing for composers and arrangers via a notation program. If Dorico also later on offered something like this, either by partnering up with an established company, or just started its own printing press, wouldn’t that be cool?
I know I’d use it.
(if this is too far off topic for Dorico, feel free to let me know and I’ll delete this post)