Behind the Scenes of the Printing of Francine Rivers’s new novel, Bridge to Haven

We have something a little special for this month’s What’s Happening Wednesday blog. It’s always interesting to get a sneak peek of any industry. So today we thought we’d invite you into our own secret club and share a behind-the-scenes glimpse from the printing of Bridge to Haven , the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers.

Because pictures are worth a thousand words, let’s walk through the printing process with some photos that, in my opinion, are stunning.

Did you know that, as with many other products out there (including most technology today), books are produced in parts that are combined together at the end? This assembly line process isn’t a new concept, but it’s definitely not how I imagined a book was made as a little girl—though my active imagination could probably be to blame. 🙂

See these large rolls of paper below? If you were to look closely, you’d see they are in fact large reams that will become the printed pages of the book.

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Before you is the hardcover jacket laid out as it appears just after printing. After the ink sets, this will wrap around the hardcover of the book (known to the industry as the case side) to create the final hardcover product you see lining bookshelves.

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Speaking of the case side, look at that pretty blue case. If you slip the jacket off the hardcover, this is what you will find.

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As mentioned before, the book is printed and manufactured in parts. But did you know that the actual paper within the book is produced in segments as well? Each segment of 16 pages is called a signature. The hardcover of Bridge to Haven , for example, requires 30 signatures to make up the full page count.

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And without further ado, the final product:


It’s amazing the journey each book must go through after the words have been written and polished.

What do you think of the process? Did we change any of your perceptions on how a book is assembled?

Now that you know how the book was made, you could win one for yourself! As we inch toward the April 22 release of Bridge to Haven , enter now to win your own copy. The giveaway will be open until April 22.

Prizes include:

* One grand prize winner will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven and their choice of a softcover copy from her backlist.

Options include  A Lineage of Grace (anthology), Sons of Encouragement (anthology), The Atonement Child , The Scarlet Thread , The Last Sin Eater , Leota’s Garden , And the Shofar Blew   A Voice in the Wind , An Echo in the Darkness , As Sure as the Dawn,   Her Mother’s Hope , Her Daughter’s Dream

* One runner-up will receive a hardcover copy of Bridge to Haven .

To make things interesting, if we hit 5,000 entries, we will give away 3 more hardcover copies of Bridge to Haven .

With more prizes, your odds of winning INCREASE! So be sure to share the contest with friends, family, etc.!


If you have issues using the widget below to enter the contest, try multiple browsers (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). If you still run into issues, feel free to leave a comment and we will get back to you.


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Check back on the blog in the next month, as we’ll be celebrating our countdown to this release with many other fun giveaways and prizes!

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