Letters & Linen

Letters

As an indie author my publishing imprint is Letters & Linen, both elements of which hold dual meaning. Letters is a reference to the metal type that was individually and manually set in pre-twentieth century printing presses. It also refers to a time, prior to the late nineteenth century, when hand-written correspondence was the most common way people communicated over long distances. As a researcher I had the pleasure to read primary sources composed in beautiful handwritten scripts.

As with Letters, the use of Linen has twofold significance. While doing research for my novel I came across numerous advertisements by eighteenth-century Virginia printers, many of whom also owned paper mills, requesting clean linen and cotton rags so they could produce more paper. Moreover, I love the beauty and feel of well-worn linen and cotton textiles. Hence, I penned Letters & Linen as my publishing imprint.