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.
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.
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!