Here’s one to buck up those self publishers who get caustic reviews about errors in their masterpieces.
A well – respected publisher (Vintage), recently released two top titles in their Xmas line -up – the latest Bridget Jones book, and Sir David Jason’s memoirs, both on the same day, as expected. However, it seems that somehow, about 40 pages of Sir David’s book got into Bridget Jones’ offering – oops…
(see the BBC report here:
and here’s another write up:
Vintage put the ball in the printer’s court; perhaps, somehow. But I can’t help the feeling that, as with our books, the printer puts out what we give them. We don’t expect them to sort out last-minute things for us.
In any event, it gives one a measure of relief to know that there are others in the same boat – or should that be in the other boat… or partly… oh, you know what I mean!
We’ve ignored the idea of doing colour content in POD (print on demand) books for years; it has just been far too expensive for commercial purposes. However, after being nagged about it by many people (if Lulu can do it, why can’t you?), I investigated current options.
Well, I always say that technology moves faster than the speed of write, and so it does. We can now do colour content for perfectly reasonable prices; a 100 page colour book is now a piece of cake, so to speak.
Many options are still fine in black & white/grey – personal memoirs with old B&W photos are fine with just a colour cover. But a colour book is always going to have more appeal, unless it’s just a novel, and, with zillions of self-published books already out there, standing out in the crowd is more difficult than ever.
If you have any questions about this development, please ask; you can fill in the form below to contact me directly. I’m not trying to flog our wares; I’m trying to get more knowledge out to people so they can make informed choices in this totally new arena. We even come across people who don’t know what POD (print on demand) is. That isn’t them being ignorant, just unaware of how radically things have changed in the last five years or so.
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My wife, Sasha, and I are in the publishing business, and getting more and more involved with people wanting to self-publish – or Personal Publishing, which I prefer, as it’s mostly not done by oneself. Let’s be realistic; doing without a mainstream publisher doesn’t mean doing without all the bits that go on behind the scenes – it means taking control oneself, and getting those things done by whomever you choose, and in whatever way you choose to produce your magnum opus.
It’s just as well that Personal Publishing (PP) is so readily available today, since it’s practically impossible to get into a mainstream publisher – or agent, for that matter.
Anyway, more about all that later on, and more likely by Sasha, ‘cos I’m going to stick more to the techie side of publishing, brief updates of interest, and whatever floats my boat. Why not, Sasha shouldn’t be the only one I bore to death with my comments…
Joking aside, I hope what I put out here will be of use to you, and if you have anything to add, it can only help other people who are trying to get their voices out into the wide world.
If there’s anything you’d like me to touch on, that I don’t think of in the first place, just ask. If I know something about the subject, I’ll be happy to pass it on.
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