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Suzanne Vandenberg, Calgary Mountain Publishing

The Treasure

Les livres sont arrivés en bon état et sont magnifiques. Ils sont bien reçus et les gens me demandent qui est mon imprimeur. Je leur réponds que Friesens est une entreprise exceptionnelle et que c’était un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

Merci pour tout!


Lisa et Leslie Jones, Grant Morris Associates Ltd

Barbados Anniversary

Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs. Obtenir ces livres à temps pour le lancement était pour nous de la plus haute importance.

Votre entreprise nous avait déjà été fortement recommandée et comme nous participions aussi au processus de comparaison des imprimantes et des tarifs proposés, dès le premier entretien de Lisa avec vous, elle a pressenti que Friesens était l’entreprise qu’il nous fallait. Merci encore à votre équipe!
Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs.


Terry et Angelo Corrao, Colfax Press

Fatherdaughter


Merci infiniment à Friesens d’avoir fait de notre album de photos FATHER DAUGHTER une première expérience d’impression inoubliable. Nous avons été impressionnés par tant d’aspects que nous avons dû les énumérer :

  • l’excellente communication du début à la fin;
  • le respect de l’échéancier;
  • une équipe d’impression très talentueuse et compétente;
  • une usine extrêmement propre et respectueuse de l’environnement;
  • une grande attention aux clients, notamment en prévoyant tous leurs besoins, tant techniques
  • qu’artistiques;
  • un hébergement agréable offrant le confort d’un foyer.

Lila Strand, Luminescence Publishing

The Star Children

Je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude envers votre entreprise et les gens merveilleux qui offrent un service aussi fantastique. Merci de votre service à la clientèle exceptionnel : votre patience, votre courtoisie et votre serviabilité, sans oublier vos merveilleuses compétences techniques! Je vous remercie infiniment de votre volonté de redoubler d’efforts jusqu’à ce que tout soit parfait! En fait, je suis ravie du livre, de son apparence et de sa texture. Je ne pense pas que je pourrais en être plus heureuse. Je vous remercie tous du fond du cœur!


Milenda Lee, Columbia University Press

Man of Peace

Je viens d’avoir des nouvelles des personnes ayant reçu les exemplaires de prépublication. Steve Buccellato dit : « Noël est arrivé plus tôt que prévu, je viens de recevoir un exemplaire de Man of Peace! Je le trouve magnifique. » Une autre personne a dit : « Je pleurais littéralement de joie lorsque j’ai tenu le livre entre mes mains. »

Merci beaucoup, ce fut un plaisir pour nous aussi. Vous avez fait le bonheur de plusieurs personnes aujourd’hui.


Linda Hensellek, Winchester Galleries Ltd.

Abstracta Delecta


Nous venons de recevoir nos catalogues, merci beaucoup! Le catalogue est superbe! Encore une fois, nous vous remercions de votre aide et de votre attention. C’est un bonheur de travailler avec vous tous.


Elisa Gutierrez, Tradewind Books Ltd

Riddlemaster

Nous voulions vous faire savoir que nous sommes très satisfaits de la qualité du livre! Les couleurs, la garde (nous ADORONS le papier utilisé et la brillance des couleurs imprimées!), la finition, etc. Veuillez féliciter et remercier l’équipe de Friesens en notre nom pour ses efforts et son bon travail! Merci. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer de nouveau à d’autres projets.


Dan Johnson, High-Fishtrap-Rush Lake Association

Heaven on the Headwaters


Je voulais simplement vous dire que nous sommes ravis du produit final. Jusqu’à présent, pour ce qui est de la distribution limitée aux membres de l’Association, nous n’avons eu que des commentaires élogieux sur le contenu et la qualité du produit. Mon épouse, Jeffrey et moi-même recommandons Friesens sans hésitation à tout client éventuel. Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et si c’était à refaire, le processus serait beaucoup plus facile de notre côté. Scott était un excellent représentant à la clientèle, et il a été très serviable et réceptif.


Ben Bosah, Ben Boash Books

The Art of Nigerian Women


Je tiens à remercier chaleureusement la famille Friesens pour le travail qu’elle a fait pour mon dernier livre. Je suis très reconnaissant et je remercie les 500 employés de votre entreprise. Je suis amoureux de mon dernier bébé. J’ai le sourire aux lèvres. Merci à Glenda, à Paul, à Brad, à Scott, à Ralph et à tout le personnel chez Friesens. Je vous aime.

Open for Business

In keeping with the physical distancing rules that have become almost common-place, Friesens has continued operations throughout these challenging times, but doing so in compliance with government regulations amid the COVID-19 outbreak. As employee-owners we have not treated this pandemic lightly and have not only considered the physical well-being of our fellow employees, but also their social, mental, and financial well-being. That being said, we have remained fully staffed, continuing to work at a steady pace, whether maintaining that physical distancing in-office or remaining safe in a home office setting.

Now that restrictions have lifted in many areas, we are gearing up for a resurgence in business for the summer/fall months, ready to serve our customers’ needs in all capacities. As mentioned in previous articles and media releases, Friesens continues to grow and invest in new technology, equipment, software updates, training, and facility expansion in order to handle all aspects of production in-house. We continue to streamline our operations through continuous improvement to provide quick turnarounds for our customers’ projects in anticipation of a busy summer/fall season.  In addition to these improvements and enhanced marketing strategies, we are also able to provide our customers with a growing list of stocked papers for text and  covers to fit all types of book styles, and budget needs. As always, we are proud of our commitment to the environment, using FSC certified paper. Our goal is to help our customers source and incorporate environmentally friendly solutions whenever possible. 

If you have not planned and booked your upcoming book projects, we encourage you to consider doing that now. Connect with your Friesens representative, who can advise you on current loading and capacity and can help ensure you get your books when you need them. We have an important objective: to manage our business so we can provide you with accurate schedules and delivery dates.

Friesens is no stranger to challenging times and has weathered every storm successfully throughout our 113-year history. Instead of dwelling on the ups and downs of the past however, we prefer to concentrate our efforts on preparing for the inevitable: a future beyond COVID-19 and steady growth ahead.

Don’t Stand So Close to Me – New Pandemic Novel

Author Eric Walters has tackled the pandemic world head on, as we are experiencing it right now. His new book Don’t Stand So Close to Me took 41 days to write, edit and publish focusing on all things pandemic: remote learning, physical distancing, quarantining, and the closing of all non-essential services.

One thing that has remained constant on the pandemic landscape: attracting readers with a story that entertains, educates, or illustrates shared experiences.

Adapting to Book Launches – in a Virtual Way

There is one guarantee in life – nothing stays the same – and we must be constantly willing to readjust and adapt to our surroundings. This truth has never been more obvious than right now, during this global pandemic.

Regarding the book printing industry, the pandemic has created chaos in the retail environment and led to canceled tours, book fairs, literary festivals, and media appearances. In the past few months, authors and publishers have struggled with the decision to either postpone a book’s publication or adapt to the changes that have been occurring daily, if not hourly.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, many books are still launching each week, but doing so as a virtual event instead of in-person or at a bookstore. For authors with a big international audience, changing or postponing a release date becomes complicated, if not impossible. Therefore, many are finding new and unique ways to promote their books, which means printing, promotion and distribution can go ahead as scheduled albeit with a little more creativity and ingenuity.

Virtual book launch events have become the new norm, as many authors will attest; and because they each have their own format preference and target audience, there are a variety of ways to have a virtual book launch celebration. Here are a few examples:

  • Instagram Live – This format allows simple split-screen live broadcasting and lends itself to casual conversations and audience engagement. Authors usually announce the event ahead of time on their main Instagram feed, and all the participating authors’ followers receive a notification when the livestream begins.
  • YouTube Live – Another popular option for authors hosting virtual book launch events. Sometimes they use streaming software to create split-screen livestreams with features like participant name tags, custom backgrounds, and chat quote overlays.
  • Facebook Live – Some authors run Facebook Live streams from their Facebook page, while others run the livestream from an Events page (having collected RSVPs ahead of time), and still others run the livestream from their Facebook group. Many of the livestreaming software options for YouTube, are available for Facebook Live as well.

Children’s book author Stuart Gibbs and the bookstore Once Upon a Time collaborated on a Facebook Live book launch event for his 20th book, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks. The bookstore hosted the event on their Facebook page. Stuart actually went to the bookstore to film the video, and while nobody was in the live audience save for a bookstore employee, there was a lot of lively engagement on Facebook via the comments section.

  • Zoom Webinar – Zoom has become a household brand this year, and is a popular way for colleagues, friends, and families to meet virtually. And some authors and independent bookstores have been using Zoom to replace the in-person events that have been canceled. Attendees can view the webinar in their browser if they’d rather not download Zoom’s software.
  • Twitch Livestream – Twitch is another popular streaming platform commonly used by gamers to livestream their video games and commentary. But some authors are using the platform to host book launch events and interviews as well.

To celebrate the launch of her new release, Chosen Ones, Veronica Roth ran a virtual book tour mostly using Twitch.  Her launch day livestream on Twitch was in conversation with Leigh Bardugo. She partnered with several independent bookstores and gave them a shout-out early in the video. She promoted the event ahead of time on her social media channels, and for each “stop” on her tour, she chatted with a different author or industry pro on a different topic, including book-to-film adaptations, the journey to publication, crafting and planning a series, and more. That way readers could tune in to multiple events and hear different conversations each time.

  • Pre-recorded videos – Some authors are also posting recorded videos to celebrate their book launches instead of livestreaming their launches. And these are being posted anywhere recorded videos can be uploaded — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and so on.
  • Twitter Chat Other authors are finding different ways to host virtual launch celebrations without needing to be on camera. For example, some are hosting Twitter chats, where participants can ask questions using a dedicated hashtag. The author then quote-retweets the question to answer, using the same hashtag so participants can easily follow the conversation.
  • Reddit AMA – Some authors have hosted a Reddit AMA or “Ask Me Anything” to connect with readers upon launching their newest book. The format is very simple – each author writes an introductory post pitching their newest book, and then answers questions on their thread as they come in throughout the day. There are quite a few genre-specific book subreddits that might be a good fit. Note that some popular subreddits like r/books are moderated and high-demand and may require pitching ahead of time. Some traditionally published authors have coordinated these opportunities with their publicists.

On a personal level, while tuning in to a few of these virtual book launches whether on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter I was impressed with the fact that each of them addressed the common denominator that is affecting all of us: the pandemic and how they were managing to circumvent the difficulties it has presented. Other factors that I found inspiring and unique was that each author remained down-to-earth, approachable to their target audiences and brought their own personality to the screen. Many were natural entertainers and brought a touch of comic relief in speaking about their books and what led them to their writing career. Each one was fascinating in their own way and was a reminder that this could be a new way of marketing in an unprecedented time.

While this crisis continues to affect all of us in various ways, it can be hard to talk about book sales and bestsellers amid people’s concerns and fears about health and safety. But despite these challenges, each individual author has a story to tell, and that story is not only important to them, but important to their readers, fellow authors, and the public. At Friesens, we are proud of the book publishing industry as they continue to show such resiliency and creativity during these trying times; and we are here to support them in their effort to create unique and wonderful stories to share with the world in whatever capacity that may be.

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Grade 8 Students Guest Edit Canadian Children’s Book News Magazine

The Canadian Children’s Book News – a quarterly magazine that features book reviews, author interviews and news about books for young readers – invited Grade 8 students from Linden Meadows School in Winnipeg, Manitoba to take over as editors and contributors for the national magazine’s summer 2020 issue. This exciting project made the students feel special, seeing their words in print, and hoping that this experience would encourage other kids to develop a love of reading.

Friesens is proud to promote a magazine that we have not only had the privilege to sponsor and print, but it’s also a shout out to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre with whom we’ve had a long and amicable partnership. Our common goal is to instill the love of books and love of reading to every child.

Please read the full article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-students-edit-national-magazine-1.5616510

Friesens and The Red River Valley Echo – An Historical Perspective

In the 1880’s, Henry Ward Beecher made this observation: “The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.”     

Years ago, reading the daily or weekly newspaper was an “experience”, because within its inky pages were columns filled with the life and breath of the community; whether it broached topics on world or local news, community events, sports activities, marriages, deaths, employment opportunities, or advertisements – it was all there in black and white.

Photographs were often expertly scattered among the pages to complement the journalist’s breaking story or a compelling human-interest feature.  It was the “internet” before the internet existed.

With the recent closure of The Red River Valley Echo (formerly The Altona Echo), it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge and pay homage to its 79-year journey from beginning to end. More than likely there are countless new and long-time residents of southern Manitoba who would say that they have had an emotional connection with this newspaper over the years, perhaps having a direct hand in its printing, writing, or editing. Or maybe just saving articles that had sentimental significance or recalling events that were monumental milestones in their life.

The history of The Red River Valley Echo is a long and colourful one – dating back to its founder  D.K Friesen, one of the original leaders  of Friesens Corporation.  Since Friesens was a fast-growing printing facility in the 1930’s, it was only natural that a printing plant of this size should also produce a newspaper. As a result, the weekly newspaper, The Altona Echo was established in 1941. Later the Morris Herald was purchased in 1955 and the two newspapers were amalgamated into the Red River Valley Echo. At the time, this newspaper served one of the most densely populated rural areas in Western Canada, and consistently won awards in Better Newspaper competitions.

In the beginning, the weekly paper was printed in Friesens Main Street shop on a flatbed press two pages at a time. In the 1950’s it took a day and a half to print, collate and fold 2000 copies of an eight-page Echo. By 1975 many weekly newspapers were printed on Web Offset presses which meant that the production of a 20-page Echo could then be completed in a matter of hours.

In 1982, D.K. Friesen spoke about his pivotal role in the paper’s humble beginnings, “I started a local newspaper in January 1941, and served as editor and helped with the printing, mostly in the evenings, as I was still a traveling salesman during the day…..I also purchased the Morris Herald which we later incorporated with the Echo.”   

Over the last 15 years society has chosen to consume their news in different ways. Thus, why the Echo and so many other newspapers have met a similar fate. However, these changes in media consumption do not reflect the whole picture of the printing industry in general. Print is not dead. The printed page continues to be a popular choice for book readers, packaging suppliers, and advertisers. Even some community newspapers have thrived by not trying to be everything to everyone, but rather focusing on being really good storytellers of local stories. The future of print is bright!

In retrospect, and considering today’s economic uncertainty, there are few companies that can boast a thriving business spanning 20, 30 or even 50 years. Yet, the Red River Valley Echo had a 79-year productive life, owing its existence to the vision of D.K. Friesen and Friesens Corporation which has enjoyed its own proud history in southern Manitoba for 113 years.