Friday, May 18, 2018

Roll the Presses!

It was seven months ago when I officially launched this book project. Now I'm proud to tell you that both books are with the printer. Preparing for the launch!

Look up, look way up.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Numbers Game, and, You'll Be The First to Know

I've been a little too cryptic lately in these update posts. Two questions to stress right now:
  • How large a print run?
  • How will you know it's done?
I'll guess at the first bullet point. I'll include contributor complimentary copies and expressions of interest in Volume 1 - TRAINS and Volume 2 - GRAINS. There will be no formal expressions-of-interest from me. No pre-booking. No pre-publication. I've predicted 10 copies and I'll be thinking hard about that number.

For the second bullet point: I spoke to my graphic designer on the weekend. Volume 1 is just about done, and Volume 2 is 50% done. And yes, faithful reader, you'll know when they're ready. Between rolling the presses and availability, there'll be final pricing, marketing and getting ready to fill orders.

I am still promising Spring 2018 availability!
Seems do-able.
Look up, look way up,

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Draft and Cover, Volume 1

There are a couple of holes to plug, but here's the cover that accompanies the first draft of Volume 1 - TRAINS just received from my graphic designer. I've got some reading to do!

Look up, look way up.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Portage la Page 27

When you get an email from your graphic designer with 'Ready for you' in the subject line, you click on it. Bryan is asking what I think of the layout so far? My response, "Yessir!". Other appropriate responses would have been, "Whee doggies!" or "Slap my ears with honey and roll me in a beehive!". Crushing it. Schooling it. Taking it to church.

I've wondered how many photos would fit on a page. I was thinking six. But there are plenty of pages with seven and eight. Fully captioned from original observations. Portage in portrait and landscape formats. And though neither you nor I can afford full colour on every page, ten colour pages and colour covers give us over 70 photos in colour. And they will be the most colourful, if that makes any sense. Seeing this stuff in print after forty years makes me completely nonsensical.

And very proudly happy. Happily proud. There I go again.
Thank you for that email, Bryan!
Look up, look way up,

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


542 photos in this book. Here's a small snapshot of the Portage la Prairie snapshots I just shot over to my graphic designer. Fully edited and captioned. 

Volume 1, TRAINS is getting ready for takeoff.

Look up, look way up.

Monday, March 19, 2018

You Can Tell a Cover by its Book

If you believe a cover tells you what's in the book that follows, you're right! With over 400 photos to choose from, cover photos for the above (it's only a mockup) could be a months-long pursuit.

Or just hours. What does the Trains volume contain? Trains! CN, CP, VIA and hey, it's Western Canada so grain shipping has got to be included.

Progress update: Captioning...done! Selection of 10-page colour section photos...done! Hoping to get the first volume to the graphic designer this coming weekend...maybe!

Look up, look way up!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"I'm Ready When You Are"

Very welcome words I heard this week! Touching base with Bryan my graphic designer, though he's now retired, it sounds like Bryan is ready to go. Like this seasoned snowplow, wearing fresh paint and just outshopped when I photographed CN 55251 behind the Co-op fertilizer shed in Portage in 1982. And now, winter has reportedly descended on Manitoba once again!

I'm currently captioning, thinking of creating ways to describe the action in the photos I'm poised to share with readers. I will be sending the Trains volume to Bryan first, then Grains will follow.

It's amazing to be part of a great team effort, from graphic designer to contributors to your humble book creator!

Look up, look way up,
I know I am!