The Breach House Anthology 4, Createspace

A little over a year ago, The Breach House Gang (a writers’ group I’ve been part of for 17 years) hired me to put together their (our) fourth anthology. I agreed, but only if we could do something a little different from our past anthologies, which were your standard 6×9 paperbacks with black-and-white imagery. Half of the Gang, you see, are also visual artists. We needed something that would highlight this. A square book. And colour.

Initially we discussed a hardcover, limited-edition artbook, but for very solid reasons rejected it (cost being primary, but also wanting to reach as many readers as possible). After some research, we went with Createspace’s print on demand, whose colour options were reasonably priced, and whose colour reproduction was surprisingly good.

That decided, a size was chosen (8.5 x 8.5), and all that was left to do was… well, everything! Set word-limits, gather the material, edit the writing, send it back, assemble the images, request higher resolution, arrange in some kind of logical, pleasing order. Choose the font group, chose the font size, margins, all that. Copyedit! Proofread. Run it past everyone in PDF. Fix more things. Run it past everyone again. Proofread x10. Print the proof. Gather everyone to see the proof. Fix more things!  Eliminate spine text (per Createspace request – book too thin). But once that was set, we placed the order for 100 copies. Total cost? Just over $1000 (including shipping).

After yesterday’s launch of the anthology (October 18, Attic Owl Reading Series, Moncton), there were 10 copies left.

The book online is here.

 

Fruits of Labour

It’s a thrill when a book you’ve worked on sees publication. In some cases, the book-to-be is only a concept when the client and I meet; in other cases, it’s a manuscript almost ready for publication. In all cases, you have notes, printed pages, files and drafts in Word and hours and hours of thought and care: what will make this the best book it can be?  In the image below are just five that I’ve worked on.

From left to right: Motché perfect: Le chiac en poésie by Anne Levesque (I consulted, edited and did layout), Serendipity, Judy Savoie (consult, edit, layout and design), Beyond the Call: The Life and Legacy of Mark Gallagher, Rosemarie Willis & Warren Redman (consult and layout), Get More Power from Your Brain, Eileen Pease (copyedit), Hearts of Oak: A Gaelic Legacy, Gail Crawford (copyedit), and Baby Jonah: The Emotional Journey of a Preemie Mom, Lidia Branch (consult, edit).

Lee Thomson Editing