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New 2021 Planners are Here

by Vervante •

It's official! Our 2021 daily planner is here and we're so excited to share all the details with you! We've designed this planner to be used in several ways:

  1. Order and use it just like it is
  2. Make a simple change like adding your logo/branding
  3. Fully customize: We provide access to the InDesign files so you can change anything you want.

New for 2021!

> We are offering spiral wire binding on demand: Wire binding is like our plastic continuous spiral binding but with a metal wire. The standard is silver metal in a 1" loop size. It's also available in 5 colors: silver, black, white, gray and brown and can be special ordered. We think this is a nice alternative to plastic spiral binding, and unlike wire-o binding, you don't have to have a minimum quantity order of 25.
 
> Printed tab divider pages: Tabs are popular and requested often for planners. They are beautiful but can be expensive.  Another option is to have printed tabs that are easy to find when the planner is closed or when you thumb through the planner. Please notice the way we printed the tabs in this planner on the video we've uploaded on the website HERE.
 
You are welcome to modify or change whatever you'd like. We provide the InDesign files to make your 2021 planner designing easier. Here are a few ideas for customizing this daily planner:

Available on demand

  • Softcover wire or plastic coil
  • Double paper pocket inserts
  • Die-cut tabs
  • Bookmarks

Minimum order quantity 25

  • 2-ply board covers or hardcovers
  • Laminated and foil-stamped covers
  • Faux leather or linen covers
  • Elastic closure straps

Stickers: (minimum order quantity 150 sheets)

Here are links for ordering, accessing, and customizing our new 2021 Daily Planner:

We're pretty excited about this new planner - and we hope you are too. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at customerservice@vervante.com


USPS announces changes to how media mail returns are handled

by Vervante •

Media mail is one of the most economical ways to send a package, and we know that many of our clients choose media mail for their preferred shipping method. However, the USPS recently announced a changes to how media mail returns are now being processed.

USPS Changes to Media Mail Returns

In the past, the postal service did not consistently return undeliverable packages sent via Media Mail. We were told they were discarded to save return handling and postage fees. Now the USPS has announced that as part of internal changes, they will be charging the same amount of postage to return it as it cost to send it. Think of Media Mail as a one-way plane ticket.  If it is returned, we now have to pay for the return part of the trip.  When this happens, we will mark the order returned and add the charges for the return postage in your author account.

Effective immediately, when we receive returned Media Mail packages you will see a line item invoice in your account for the returned postage fee. 

From a cost perspective, paying for an occasional returned Media Mail package is generally still less expensive than shipping Priority Mail.

For example:

  • If you send a package for $2.80 via Media Mail and it is returned, you will be charged $2.80 for the return, for a total of $5.60 charged to your account. 
  • If you choose to ship the package via Priority Mail the least expensive option is $9.60, so even with the new policy of paying for returned Media Mail packages you still save $4.00 over Priority Mail.

Media Mail is a cost-effective way to send materials such as books, videotapes, DVDs, CDs, printed music and other sound recordings through the U.S. Postal Service. This service has certain rules and restrictions, however, and we’ve provided a detailed look into how Media Mail works, and the benefits and risks when using it for shipping your own products on our blog, which can be viewed here: “The Pros and Cons of Using Media Mail.”


How to create high-quality adult coloring books

by Vervante •

Adult coloring book popularity has skyrocketed the past couple years, and shows no sign of slowing down. That's why it's the perfect time to make your very own coloring book.

If you like the idea of creating a high-quality coloring book - for adults or for kids - here are 7 steps to help you get started:

TIP #1: Paper thickness: Coloring books can be printed single-sided or double-sided. If you choose to print double-sided, a thicker-weight paper won't bleed through. We recommend 28# paper.

TIP #2: Perforated pages: Give your customers the chance to show off their work by perforating the pages so they can easily be removed and shared.

TIP #3: Create an experience: Help your coloring book to stand out from the crowd by offering a complete experience by including complementary products like coloring pens, stickers, blank journals for doodling, postcards, CDs with soothing music, etc.

TIP #4: You don't need to be an artist: If your artistic talents don't go beyond sketching stick figures, no worries! There are thousands of royalty-free stock images available for purchase online that can be used to create coloring books.

TIP #5: Spiral binding or saddle stitching are perfect if you want the coloring book to lay flat. We can creating coloring books using any binding you want, though, including saddle stitch and perfect bound.

TIP #6: Children’s books can be transformed into coloring books: Remove the color from illustrations in a children’s book to create a coloring book. For adult coloring books, use images that continue the theme of your main book.

TIP #7: Turn heads by printing horizontally! Most coloring books are printed vertical, so creating one that is horizontal with spiral binding that allows it to lay flat will definitely make yours unique!

Excited about coloring? We are! And we're here to help you if you're ready to create, print and sell coloring books too. Here are a few things to inspire and help you get started:

  • Download a free 5-pack of coloring pages on us by clicking HERE.
  • Order our sample coloring book for inspiration.
  • Email or schedule a phone call with us to discuss your ideas, timelines and solutions for creating and selling your own coloring books.

Happy coloring!