About Grapevine Publishing Services
Grapevine Publishing Services LLC is a network of experienced professionals with skills ranging from workflow consulting and operations analysis to file conversion and full-service book production. Four partners, with over one hundred years of collective experience, founded the company in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2006. From our Madison roots, we have leveraged years of professional relationships to cultivate an ever-growing community of industry experts from around the globe. This distributed operational model allows us to offer our customers unparalleled quality and efficiency at highly competitive rates.
We achieve our competitive advantage through the convergence of skilled staff and state-of-the-art technologies. Each task is subjected to thorough analysis, resulting in an efficient, well-defined workflow, taking specific customer requirements into account. Furthermore, unlike most businesses serving the publishing industry, we are not married to a single technology, standard, or workforce; rather, we are free to use the tools, methods and resources that best meet our customer’s needs. For example, if you require PostScript pages and DocBook XML files, we will engineer a composition process that will most efficiently produce high-caliber results.
Grapevine Publishing Services’ innovative operational structure allows us to divide jobs into discrete tasks and distribute them based on cost effectiveness and workforce qualifications. Utilizing our expertise in custom systems design and development, we automate repetitive tasks, yielding commensurate reductions in labor costs. When authorized, programmatic and labor intensive tasks are executed by dedicated off-shore partners. On the other hand, high-skill tasks such as subject matter editing are performed by seasoned domestic experts. Our scalable workforce, coupled with the ability to allocate the correct resources for each task, enable us to keep our overhead costs to a minimum. The result is competitive rates for our customers and above-average wages for our network of professionals, both here and abroad.
The behemoths of the industry turn their customers’ jobs over to personnel whose primary qualifications are organizational skills and phone manner. They are particularly adept at putting you on hold while they go consult with someone who actually knows something about your job. Grapevine Publishing Services’ U.S.-based project managers are career professionals who possess a breadth of expertise that permits them to operate almost autonomously. Each job is carefully matched to a manager, based on their experience with the specific tasks involved. Furthermore, complete access to all of the production teams permits our managers to immediately effect changes in specifications or schedules, without having to wade through the layers of bureaucracy that weigh down traditional business structures.
In an arena where technologies and methodologies are constantly evolving, we have a documented history of personal innovations, from the design and development of one of the industry’s first SGML-compliant composition systems to the implementation of integrated front-to-back XML workflows. We also possess wide-ranging expertise in industry standards, from academic and technical XML applications to the W3C and ISO specifications, including XSLT, XPath and Schema. We pride ourselves on the knowledge, intellectual curiosity and adaptability that permit us to offer our customers contemporary, elegant solutions to the most complex problems.
The partners’ foundations in the industry date from a time when fonts had to be meticulously cleaned and kerning was a hotly debated topic. We have watched with dismay as typographic quality has declined through the years, victim of the bottom line and a workforce that has become little more than a legion of button pushers. Although times and methods have changed, our dedication to quality has remained consistent throughout our careers and is the sine qua non of Grapevine Publishing Services’ existence. Regardless of the nature of the project, from editorial services for a scholarly journal to mass conversion of PDF to XML, we will match the job to highly qualified professionals who share our commitment to excellence.
Whether your job entails a single task or comprises a complex workflow; whether we’re billing thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars, Grapevine Publishing Services will provide the exceptional service, impeccable quality, and timely delivery that is the hallmark of a small company with virtually unlimited resources.
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