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The Plumpest Purplest Grape

We are proud to give you another installment in our Authors Interviews and Insights series!  Dawn Trappen and her husband Jon created a beautiful  looking children’s book.  Dawn is the author and Jon did the illustrations.  The intent was to create a vintage looking book and it turned out absolutely wonderful!  This is the first of a seven-book series called Kingdom Valley Fables.

Book Printing Author AdviceWhere did you get the inspiration or idea to write your story? Years ago when I was a young mother I felt like I experienced a download from the Lord and wrote the little book. At that time I felt it would be a series…28 years later I’ve published the first book in the Kingdom Valley Fables Series, The Plumpest, Purplest Grape!

Why is your story or subject important to you? It is a story about life and love in fable form. As we all live our lives we come face to face with two kingdoms on this earth, one that leads to life and one to death. We get to choose which kingdom we want to align with. My hope and prayer is that I share the beauty of life and love, not only in this book series but also in how I walk out out my life.

Did you learn anything new about writing along the way? Yes, I am not naturally gifted to write…I have to be inspired or it falls flat.

What challenges do you face as a writer? Striving instead of Abiding

If you could share one piece of advice with a beginning author, what would that be? Get your self out of the way. How can you instead, bless others.

Where have you been selling your book, what has worked best? Word of mouth, Facebook

Just for Fun
What is your favorite season of the year?   Spring/Summer
Are you a Dog or Cat person (or neither!)?   We have a cat, but dogs are nice too!
Where do you go to write?  Somewhere very peaceful and quiet
Your favorite book: Tale of Benjamin Bunny
Finally, Who is YOUR favorite author?  Illustrator/Author- Beatrix Potter
Where can we find your book online?

You made our dreams come true!

Customer comments book binding

We recently received this beautiful bouquet of flowers with a very kind note reading:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! 

You Made our dreams come true!

We love it!!   

Marmie A Mouse On Main Street

Thank YOU Lori and Lynn from The Museum Broken Arrow for the opportunity to work with you on such a fun project!

Feeling Thankful….

Perfect, thank you Becky! This year Smith Printing Co. is at the top of my list of what I’m thankful for this holiday season.

Again have a great Thanksgiving and I hope to keep in touch.

Best wishes,


First Class Service…

Book Printing Services“From the minute I called Smith Printing and talked to Todd and then later on, Becky, I received “first class service” from both of them!  Their knowledge and assistance, along the way, aided me thru-out the entire process.  Their graphic designer, Terri, is extremely talented!  She enhanced and designed my book, and I am thrilled with the results!  My recommendation would be “Smith Printing,” to anyone printing a book! Top quality finished product, Cheerful and reliable people to work with, easy to communicate with, I most certainly will use them again in the future!  Thank you all, for the great experience!”

Gayle Piche’

Best search I ever did…

Best search I ever did. Smith printing is very helpful and the quality of the workmanship is unbelievable. We had family history books printed. The price was right and the quality of the paper and print quality was great. We had hard cover books with fake leather covers. We had gold foil print on them. Everyone who has seen one so far are very impressed. Any future books that we have printed will be by Smith Printing Company.”


Putting my hopes and dreams into print…

Book Printing Service“…I’m glad we arrived at a good looking book which I think meets my hopes when I started this project…thanks for helping me put my hopes and dreams into print and get it to family members.  Now on to the next book!”


They are Beautiful…

Thank you Walter for your kind words about the book printing services we provided!Book Printing Services

“The books just arrived and I have been through 25 pages and was able to put it down long enough to let you know they arrived.  They are beautiful.  I don’t know what you could have done to make it any better.   I have another ready to go and my wife has one almost ready to go.  Thank you…”



Take a break from writing and have some fun…

Print Free Paper TargetsWe design and print a lot of materials at Smith Printing Company.  Most of our projects are about book printing and binding.  We also enjoy creating items that are fun for the whole family….and maybe even get the kids outside for once!  Grab your slingshot, BB-Gun or whatever you want and take aim at having fun!  Download the PDF…then print and share as many as you want.  Bullseye Bob wishes you a good day!

Download Targets (PDF)

So happy to have discovered Smith Printing…

Book Printing Services“We are so happy to have discovered Smith Printing. Becky was a delight to work with. Our family history books were created as a gift to our children for our 50th wedding anniversary. Hopefully future generations will enjoy them. The quality of the printing, binding and general look is outstanding. We were more than pleased.”

William & Blanche Burns

Story Starter Ideas for Young Writers…

Sometimes the hardest part is getting started!  One of the first book printing and binding services we offered was designed specifically for younger writers.  We have Services for Writerssponsored kids writing contests through local newspapers and schools too.  It is a joy to see the creativity of a young writer that is not afraid to let their imagination run wild!  Below are a few story starter idea sheets that you can feel free to print out, share or distribute as you like. 

Story Starter Idea Sheets (PDF)

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