Make Books with Us ✂️

There are several ways to work with Sming Sming Books:

Book Design

Sming Sming Books offers editorial and design services on a sliding scale. We have worked with museums and non-profits, as well as with artist-run projects and initiatives on exhibition catalogues, artist monographs, and journals. We are open to working with budgets big and small ($1000 minimum), working resourcefully with a range of printers in the U.S. to meet the needs of each project. Our clients keep all copies of the book to distribute as they see fit. We will often ask to purchase copies at wholesale price to sell on our online store.

If your project seems like a good fit, please contact us with a project description, total budget (including print and design), ideal edition size, and timeline.

Co-Publishing Partnerships

Sming Sming Books often co-publishes books that align with our publishing interests. We partner with artists, artist-run spaces, and small to mid-size organizations who can cover the printing costs of a book ($1000 minimum) and are looking for a creative partner to translate an artwork or project into book form. In exchange, Sming Sming Books covers design and production costs. Artists will work with Vivian to determine the best form, materials, and layout for their book. Physical copies of the books are split 50-50 based on the edition size. We have found that this allows either party to freely distribute the books as they wish. Sming Sming Books will offer our copies on wholesale channels to bookstores and libraries, and through our online store, as well as at art book fairs and events.

We are generally interested in partnering on publishing books that:

  • promote critical discourse and advance cultural equity
  • are interdisciplinary, or present works outside the field of art
  • feature critical text, theory, arts writing by one or two authors max.
  • feature one or two artists max. working in sculpture, performance, video, time-based media, and other practices that are challenging to represent on paper

    If your project seems like a good fit based on the above, please contact us with a project description, print budget, ideal edition size, and timeline.

    Publisher

    Books published under Sming Sming Books's imprint have all design, printing, and production expenses covered, unless otherwise noted. Artists work with Vivian to determine the best form, materials, and layout for their book. Each title is offered on wholesale channels to bookstores and libraries, and is sold through Sming Sming Books, online and at art book fairs and events. Due to a high volume of queries, we are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions.