Category Archives: Seeking John Campbell, preparing for publication

Paperback proof copies

All books were printed on creme paper and the first to arrive was a Createspace proof from the USA (middle book in image). BlogsĀ had already warned me that the creme paper was the most yellow but without any comparison I … Continue reading

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Print on Demand

The decision regarding Print on Demand suppliers is a minefield because of the burgeoning options available and the particular issues around Amazon’s preferred supplier, Createspace. This task was helped by Karen Inglis’ excellent and now updated blog on the subject. … Continue reading

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Proofreading

Originally posted on Random:
How often have we seen is that there is a gap between what is written and what is read. Often the state of mind we are in influences how we interpret a written word or phrase.…

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It looks like a book !

With my manuscript ready for typesetting, Chandler Book Design took over. It was a relief to get it off my desk and a pleasant surprise when the layout proposal came back. Suddenly I could see a book emerging. Various editions … Continue reading

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Referencing and Indexing

Seeking John Campbell has over 120 endnotes and thirty images and my next challenge was to double check and verify the references and write them up in a consistent and acceptable style. I also needed to get written permissions to … Continue reading

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Cover Design

Long before the final copy-edit I had concluded that my first and unusual hybrid non-fiction book containing elements of genealogy, heir-hunting, and social and family history would not attract a main stream publisher. In any event I couldn’t face writing … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of self-publishing service companies

Originally posted on David Gaughran:
Writing is a glamorous occupation – at least from the outside. Popular depictions of our profession tend to leave out all the other stuff that comes with the territory: carpal tunnel syndrome, liver failure, penury,…

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