Monday, 28 April 2014

Independent Publishing and a Preview of Richard III

They say it keeps you young to learn new things but I think it batters your brain! Producing the text for The Children's Story of Richard III ready for publishing has been packed with new experiences and I now realise how daunting Independent Publishing can be.

It's not always the big things that catch you out. For me it's the little things like creating the Title Page.  I'd never thought about the Title Page inside the cover of a book. It's something that is just there. Fortunately Alice Povey is doing the Book Design as well as the illustrations and she came to my rescue. I'd never thought about the wording on the spine of the book either but again, Alice has got it sorted. As for the Acknowledgments Page, there is quite a lot of legal speak that we've had to include to cover copyright permissions from other people for images used and copyright claims on behalf of ourselves, not to mention acknowledging support and advice.

A preview of Richard III
One of the scariest 'almost mistakes' that I made was to not be consistent with my side heading styles.  I am eternally grateful to my publisher, Lynn Moore from The Reading Shop, for spotting this. Some of the side headings had initial capitals. Some just had a capital for the first word of the heading. Of course, I know how important it is to be consistent but I hadn't noticed the inconsistencies. So, how many more mistakes will I find before the book is out?

The illustrations have almost been completed by the amazing Alice Povey. I then get a penultimate opportunity to proof read. I'm feeling slightly sick at the thought of reading those words again but it has to be done! The final chance will be when the Printers, Soar Valley Press, produce their draft book. Once we say 'Yes' to that, there'll be no turning back. People keep reassuring me that even the most prestigious of publications have little errors but I so don't want that to happen to my book.

If that were all I was doing right now, then I wouldn't be feeling so brain battered but there's the small matter of continuing to catalogue the local cemetery and create a Website for Ancestry Research. Thankfully I have an expert in database building working with me but it's down to me to write the content of the Website text pages. This has meant a crash course in HTML coding and website design. Enough said!

So excuse me while I pop off and work out which letter to put in-between < and > to make things happen in HTML. It's all good stuff... I think!

19 comments:

  1. One of the things you learn early on when you do publishing regularly is to decide in advance what your various styles are going to be. But one of my big errors is to revert to default fonts so pages don't match!.

    I'm sure the book will be fine when it's done. Take a deep breath and tell yourself how much work you've put into it!

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    1. Thanks. I have discovered that if you take too many deep breaths you hyperventilate though!

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  2. very exciting and it sounds like it is pulling together nicely. I know from experience, just when you think you've checked it to perfection - check it again. Or have a totally fresh pair of eyes review it. You won't regret that effort. This is very cool - I"m happy for you and your projects

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    1. A friend read it out loud to me on Friday. That was an interesting experience for both of us and turned up some glaring errors.

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  3. Oh goodness, I so know what you mean, Ros. Before I press that 'upload' key for any of my books, I'm usually heartily sick of them! All those little details to check. They can drive you mad, can't they? Congratulations on achieving all this and more, Ros! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished book. As for learning HTML code, you have my undying admiration. I have really tried, but still can't make it do what I want it to do!

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    1. Thanks, I do think that me and HTML will never be the best of friends!

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  4. Oh the learning curve - I also had to teach myself HTML, as well as taking on the challenge of independent publishing! It involved a lot of coffee and swearing, but really is worth the effort. Now you've done it once, it will be a doddle next time ...

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  5. OMG! The very idea scares me silly, and you've just made it sound even worse! Love the picture of Richard III by the way.

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  6. I would love to read this book!

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  7. It sounds exciting and challenging. Good luck with it.

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  8. Its a good thing that you have someone to keep you in check.

    Hugs and chocolate!

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  9. can't wait to see this book on the shelves and have a copy in my hot little hand...!

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  10. How wonderfully exciting Rosalind. I am just coming to the end of the first draft of my WIP. I just can't imagine the errors that will cause me to shake my head in confusion. The very best of luck with it. And good luck too with html. I think it would be easier to learn Aztec.

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  11. Hi Ros .. I'll be back to read properly tomorrow - I want to take my time ... cheers Hilary

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  12. It's so exciting to be learning all those things. I'm sure Richard III will be wonderful! I love the pictures.

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  13. It's a bit overwhelming just hearing about all that's involved. Good for you!! And I love the illustration =)

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  14. Good luck. I have recently read a few pre published books for friends and it's amazing the amount of errors even thought they have already been edited to death. You can't do it properly yourself because you see what you expect to see not what is actually there.

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  15. Hi Ros .. amazing what you're achieving and learning as you go - you'll be the person to come to for help and advice ... and knowledge on Richard III - so pleased Alice is turning up trumps once again .. cheers Hilary

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