Monday, September 3, 2012

Bookplates- How Hard Can It Be?

I always find it interesting how people think of the same thing at the same time. In less than two days, two people asked me if I could provide them with autographed bookplates. It's been a few years since I've owned any but I live to serve. After all, how hard could it be? I started with my independent bookstore even though they refused to carry my book. It was fun looking around trying to find some. When I had no luck, I asked one of the employees. I was a little shocked when she did not even know what I wanted let alone where to find them.  After waiting another 5 minutes for the person who might know where they would be, I headed off to Barnes and Noble. I looked around and still could not find them. The first employee hadn't a clue but the second one did. They were on top of the bookmarks! I had my choice of a world map or butterflies. I chose the butterflies. They are manufactured by Antioch in Ohio. So after spending nearly two hours searching, I now have bookplates to autograph. If you're interested, let me know. I have seven left and once they are gone, I don't think I'll be able to accommodate people again. Who would have thunk it? As my friend Bernie would say, "No good deed goes unpunished."


  1. Karen, I would love to have a bookplate. I have been thinking about sending my book to you. Great idea!

    Bonnie J. Smith

  2. Karen, many people have told me it's difficult to find bookplates (or people who know what they are) in bookstores these days. The design you bought is no longer printed by Antioch, as they went out of business several years ago. Our company, Bookplate Ink, has taken over the printing of many of the Antioch bookplates, in addition to adding many new designs. Unfortunately, we don't carry the butterfly design you purchased, but we do have many beautiful designs, including another butterfly design ( We also specialize in printing bookplates with the text of your choice or with custom artwork. Let me know if you have any questions! Karen Gardner

    1. Karen, Thank you! This is great information and I promise to pass it along. With gratitude, Karen


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