As my side project is pretty much all wrapped up, I’m currently counting down to the London Book Fair. Just over two weeks to go! How time flies… I’m currently investigating exhibitors who aren’t on my main itinerary, but who might be interesting to visit if I happen to be near their stands. Much of the preparation still outstanding will, of necessity, take place the day before as it involves constructing a decently sized packed lunch and sorting out business-casual wear that will be comfortable all day.
I’ve also received indications from one of my contacts that some actual proofreading work will be appearing in the not too dim and distant future. After the last six months of nothing much, this is very encouraging indeed. 🙂
York Publishing Services was recommended to me by my careers advisor when I mentioned, late last year, that I was planning to self-publish the collection of my grandmother’s poetry that has been my main project for the past six months. I have greatly enjoyed working with this company. The main positive points are:
- Quality of work: Excellent. I had, as chronicled on this blog, carried out most of the necessary editorial work on the collection before I ever contacted YPS. However, the editorial tweaks made by YPS were well-judged and I was happy to bow to their greater editorial experience. When I was presented with some possible cover designs, it was a challenge to make my final selection because they were both very good (my final choice was based on what seemed to me to fit best with the natural themes running through the collection). At every proof stage, my project looked very good, especially the final bound proof.
- Speed of work/responses: Very fast. Right from my initial query, I received replies to all of my messages within a very few days. Paper samples, design samples and the various proof stages followed each other very quickly, each package coming no more than two weeks after the last (this can probably be partly attributed to the shortness of my collection, but I doubt that this is the whole story).
- Professionalism: Excellent. This is indubitably what was behind the high quality of work which I have mentioned above. This high standard of professionalism was also evident when I emailed out of the blue with concerns that (thankfully) turned out to be unfounded, and when technical issues on my end meant that the transmission of the pictures for the project became unexpectedly complicated.
Overall, York Publishing Services is an excellent company producing very high-quality work. I am very happy with my experiences with them, and I would recommend them without hesitation to anybody who was thinking of self-publishing.
Over-the-top Hammer Horror references aside, my little poetry project is pretty much all wrapped up. I’ve given my seal of approval (not the marine animal, sadly) to the final bound proof copy and the 100-copy print run should be happening pretty soon. I’m very happy with York Publishing Services and I would definitely recommend them to anybody who was thinking about self-publishing. I’ll be posting a more detailed review next week.
All of this comes just in time for the London Book Fair, for which I have completed all necessary preparations apart from the culinary ones (packed lunches being best created the night before, if you’re getting up early). Roll on April 15th! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some good networking opportunities.
I’ve had the second proofs and selected a suitable cover design (it’s predominantly in warm, green tones — this works rather well with the nature theme of a lot of the poems in the collection).
The final bound proof copy should be wafting its way to me in the next couple of weeks or so, at a guess. I’m really looking forward to seeing it!
In other news, my grandfather (my mother’s father — the grandmother whose poetry is the focus of this side project is my father’s mother) passed away recently. He wrote a number of science fiction short stories, but they were never published. Sadly, it’s likely that he threw out most of them, but my grandmother sent over all of the stories that she could find. I’ll most likely get to work on editing them near the end of April, once the London Book Fair is over. I’m also contemplating what to do with them once I’ve edited them. Producing a hard-copy collection for distribution in memoriam among members of the family would be one possibility, but the small number of copies (probably no more than twenty) that would be produced means that this course of action might not be cost-effective. I am therefore leaning towards the option of serializing the stories, The Strand-style, on this very blog. There probably won’t be any illustrations, though — I’m no Sidney Paget!
I received, proofread and sent back the first proofs of the project last Thursday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the second proofs will follow soon 🙂
I’m also working on a back-cover blurb, but I’m finding it a bit tricky getting started because the request for the blurb was unexpected. I’ll certainly give it my best shot, though!