The Book: An Update

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I have so much to tell you about the book I'm not even quite sure where to start! So let's start with where I'm at today and work backwards... The book is pretty much laid out and by the end of January the aim is that it'll be with the printers ready for an early May launch. There's a lot of fine tuning to be done on the design, some photography to shoot and a lot of admin to do. And that's before we even start thinking about the book marketing and promotional plan. But it's all very exciting stuff and I'm (mostly) really enjoying working on it.

Submissions

The submissions were just incredible. So inspiring and I feel very humbled to have such high quality work in the book. Submissions closed on 1 December and my hope was that I'd have selected and contacted everyone by the time I finished for Christmas on the 12th. Hmmm... I see now, with the benefit of hindsight, that this was never going to happen.

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More than 100 designers have submitted I'm guessing around 600 projects for review. As you can imagine, it's been quite a task, especially with Christmas. If you submitted your work and you're concerned that you haven't heard yet, don't be. My apologies. It's been a much bigger job than I had anticipated and although I've shortlisted I need to review everything this week. I will be in touch either way, I promise, although it may not be for a week or two yet!

Learning a new skill

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Designing a coffee-table style illustrated book isn't something that my CV boasts so far. When I started out I worked on the basis that if I (in my dim and distant past) have designed plenty of printed brochures and booklets then designing a coffee table book can't be too far removed from that. And in a sense, I wasn't too far wrong. But I'm certainly on a steep learning curve. It's been a long time since I designed a brochure and designing a book is like a brochure on steroids. This beauty is 208 pages so it's pretty involved.

Everything is at least on the page and the typography and colours mostly sorted, so it's really just a case of making every page look beautiful. I suspect there are going to be quite a few late nights this month...

If you'd like to know more about book design you can find some of my inspirations on my Book Design Pinterest board. I've also been reading the self-explanatory titled Book Design by Andrew Haslam and I'll shortly be wading through my home library for inspiration. I must own a couple of hundred cookery, craft, gardening and baking books so there is going to be absolutely no shortage of examples of best practice!

Next steps

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I have a working title and subtitle that I'm happy with and I think sum up the book perfectly, but I'm going to be asking you for your thoughts over the next week or so. I'll also be looking for people to participate in a blog book tour as well as be the first to review the book - again - more details coming.

There's a lot to do and a lot to learn but I'm relishing the opportunity. Oh, and if you have any tips for marketing a book then please do share, I'll drink them up!