more than just a print broker
When Joanne's clients need an interior design or cover, then she is at hand to do the design work. At first she wasn't sure of her skill level, but in the last few years she has designed several books with half or more text, and clients have been happy.
Joanne says that photographers like her style because It is simple and highlights the art of the photographer. Since she is herself a photographer, she appreciates the appeal of a simple but elegant design that doesn't take away from the images.
Jeff has been producing 12" x 9" oblong soft covers with flaps for many of the films he is in for a couple of decades. Joanne has been responsible for laying out the books until a few years ago. She talked Jeff into using photographs on the covers and as a result she can thank Jeff for her present skills at Photoshop as she learned how to work with images to fill the necessary spaces. We print all his backstage books.
I was excited when Joanne agreed to help me with my book, Cabrillo National Monument, because she has a long history of developing and printing beautiful books about special places.
Joanne carefully and patiently guided me through the publication process. She created a beautiful design for the book and drew an artful map.
She provided many ideas on the organization and structure of the book. She handled all communication with the printer skillfully and fine tuned the photographs for offset printing.
I am very excited about the resulting book. It was described as “a treasure and the finest publication ever about Cabrillo National Monument” by Dr. James Nauman, long time park supporter and editor of the book, An Account of the Voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
Bill's books can be purchased at the gift shop at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.
Packager/designer of quality photographic and illustrated books
I have worked with Bolton Associates as my right hand in publishing photographic books since 1987. Their service and dedication are excellent and key to my company’s success. Most recently Joanne Bolton transformed a large collection of botanists' submitted images into consistently professional files—from prepress through printing and binding this project enjoyed her attention to every detail for superb results.
Jacqueline Block - National Music Museum
A magnificent job making several hundred photos, many difficult- ranging from professional catalog shots to antique black and white candid shots- all look beautiful. I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks Joanne. Our confidence in your abilities is once again well rewarded.
President, Hill Ventures, Artbook Press
I enthusiastically recommend the services of Bolton Associates, Inc. from my perspective of more than forty years in publishing, including positions as publisher of Audience Magazine, American Heritage magazine and books, and editor-in-chief of New York Graphic Society Books (volumes by artists ranging from Ansel Adams to Andrew Wyeth). In recent years I have worked closely with Joanne and Derek Bolton on a wide variety of art books, some of them complex projects involving innovative production techniques. The true test of printing brokers and coordinators is their performance when inevitable problems arise, and in this regard Joanne and Derek are superb: always capable, constructive and --above all--creative.
In addition to Derek & Joanne Bolton’s many skills, Joanne is a gifted book designer. Most recently she completed for us High Lonesome with photographs and text by Lloyd Baggs, and Dreamscapes with paintings and text by Renee Brown. Both books have been praised for the lyrical harmony of their designs and – with customary promptness and good humor – Joanne achieved superb results regardless of late changes and expanded author text.
“Working with Joanne on two book projects has been a pleasure. She is smart, creative, and fun to work with and works very hard to achieve excellence in all aspects of book production from layout and design to printing. She did such a fine job on our first book that I wanted her services for the second book. There are several things that I appreciate about working with Joanne. First and foremost is her availability; she is always gracious with her time no matter how busy she is or how tight her schedule. Secondly, I appreciate her willingness to teach and share her knowledge of the finer points of book production. Thirdly, I appreciate her attention to detail. In summary, she is a true partner in the entire book production process and earns every penny that she charges.”
Working with Joanne on my first book was one the best decisions I have ever made. Joanne is such a wonderful partner in the process, her expertise is obvious but it was her personal interest in my success that encouraged me to even do a second book! When you decide to team up with a person who does it for the love of the art it make all the difference in the world.