Did you know? Book sales benefit Catholics through the OSV Institute

logo_blackBy Jason Shanks, OSV Institute President

In 1915, the OSV Institute began as a way to reinvest money generated from publishing and printing activities back into the Church. As a good steward, OSV founder Father John Francis Noll felt that the money was not “his” and that all he had belonged to the service of the Church. Since then, countless parishes, dioceses and apostolates have benefited from his generosity.

Building on the legacy of Father Noll, in 1975, the OSV Institute officially received its name, as well as a more formalized program for the use of OSV’s funds. Since then, the organization’s main form of philanthropy has been distributing funds in the form of grants surrounding a broad set of criteria.

In May 2017, the board of OSV created and outlined a new vision for the future of the OSV Institute. This vision included going beyond grants to seed capital for new innovation, a greater alignment to OSV priorities, and a proactive approach to identifying needs and driving the priorities and projects of the Institute. Now, OSV Institute is able to maximize impact with the use of data and measurable outcomes, as well as the formation of think tanks and research-related initiatives. Unlike any other initiative in the Church today, OSV Institute has created a truly unique, innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approach that will drive the organization into the next hundred years. The three areas of special interest for funding are Unaffiliated Millennials, Hispanic Experience and Parent Project. Find out more at www.osvinstitute.com.

Meet production manager Chris Rice


Chris Rice and granddaughter

I started working for this organization in January of 1980, when I hired on at Noll Printing, a commercial printing subsidiary of OSV.  The plan was to work for a semester, save some money, and return to college to finish my engineering degree.

Thirty-nine years later, I’m still not sure exactly where that plan went by the wayside. Even though I did, eventually, finish college on nights and weekends, I never left OSV.  There was no single reason, but a mix of interesting and challenging work, opportunity for advancement, and the care and respect, of and for the people I worked with, all contributed. Probably most important, though, has been the feeling that I, and everyone I work with, aren’t just making “widgets”. We aren’t just creating stuff to sell to make some money. We are doing something we believe in, and we want to help develop in others that same Strength that Comes in Knowing.

Besides, Noll Printing was an excellent university!  I worked at just about every job there was to be had in printing, from the warehouse to sales and marketing.  Then, in the early 90’s, when the position of Production Manager opened up, I “graduated” to OSV’s Publishing Division.

Here, my primary responsibility is purchasing the printing of our books, periodicals and other items, but that hardly paints the full picture. Between OSV’s constantly changing variety of products and the rapid technological advancements in the industry, it still feels just as much a learning experience as the day I walked in the doors, 39 years ago.

So, how does all this apply to you, the author?  I work with Acquisitions, Editors and Designers to put your words into the most appropriate physical format for your audience. Depending on the content, style and genre of your work, we can utilize a variety of trim sizes, cover treatments, papers and binding styles that enhance your prose and lay it before the reader in the most easily comprehensible way.  And, lest we forget that “non-profit” is a tax status, not a business plan, we must do it in the most economical and efficient way we can, while still preserving our reputation for quality.

To do this, we utilize a number of third party vendors along with our increasing capabilities to produce books digitally on our in-plant printing equipment. This gives OSV some fairly unique capabilities, and contributes to our ability to produce quality content quickly.

So, please, keep sending that quality content . . . I need the work!

Get swaggy with it

What’s swag? Merriam-Webster says it’s “Not just the swag that refers to free promotional items given to attendees, but also the swag that refers to stylish confidence. It’s likely that the sense of swag which means “loot” comes from a term thieves used to describe stolen goods.”

For authors, “swag” can mean anything from your book cover to bookmarks to free downloads.

In a guest post by Dawn Reno Langley on Jane Friedman’s blog, she writes:

Any kind of material used to market your book is considered swag—including little giveaway items that remind readers of your work. Book swag comes in many shapes and sizes, ranging from the basic paper bookmark to personalized bottles of expensive champagne. Some readers collect magnets that depict book cover art. Crafters design keychains featuring book covers or author photographs. Collectors treasure the subject-specific book swag, such as personalized candles, jewelry, or handbags.

In the OSV book world, swag can be your book cover used to tease readers on your author or Facebook page, or a webcast, or a freemium download of a sample chapter.

Dawn has GREAT advice and idea, so take a few minutes and read the entire post here.

If you want to talk swag with us, let us know!

Two new books!


Congrats to authors Mac Barron and Laura and Franco Fanucci!

Mac’s book, “Clueless in Galilee,” and Laura and Franco’s book, “Grieving Together,” arrived in the warehouse this week.

In “Clueless in Galilee” author Mac Barron assures us that Jesus loves us, even though we’re human. We know this, because the Bible says so. Over and over and over again. With its hilarious, sometimes irreverent, and always humble reflections, this book will make you laugh and help you look at the Bible — and yourself — in a whole new way.

“Grieving Together” is the book the Fanuccis had wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.


Coming up in author webcasts

WebcastsTopOn November 20, Woodeene Koenig-Bricker will present “Saintly Secrets.”

Father Mitch Pacwa will present “The Ever-Present God” on November 21.

“Media Matters” with Teresa Tomeo is scheduled for November 28.

Find all the webcasts, include a link to on-demand presentations, here.

Do you have an idea for a webcast based on your OSV book, or area of expertise? Just let us know. Email Tracy at tstewart@osv.com.