Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Keeping The Presses Busy

by Russell Turner - 21:42 on 25 August 2016

The world of publishing has got very busy. Yesterday I collected the latest title on the Bassman Books list, hours after I received in the post a copy of another book I’d designed and laid out. A couple of weeks before that I was handed a copy of a brochure I’d produced. And today I ran off the first copy of the next edition of Chatterbox. Good job I’m on holiday tomorrow.

The new title is My Early Years by Stuart Edmond – a prequel to Memories of a Ben Line Man, his popular tale of merchant navy days. My Early Years describes his childhood in Portobello during World War II. It’s a slim volume but another good read, and a snip at only £5.99.

The second book, designed by me but published by Ross-shire Writers, is the group’s new anthology – Between The Lines. It’s the usual selection of prose and pomes and costs a remarkably thrifty £5.


The brochure’s even cheaper – it costs nothing but might encourage you to spend big money on an exotic holiday with Birdwatching Breaks. Birders clearly have lots of disposable income, as well as fancy cameras and huge binoculars.

As for Chatterbox, the latest edition of the Black Isle’s award-winning magazine should hit the streets on September 1st when I’m back from catching up with old bike club chums in Argyll and Mull. However, poor Kawasaki San will stay home as I’m determined to make use of the Pentax and a helmet and leathers aren’t good for spontaneous snappery. We’ll see.


My last job before departing (leaving Matchgirl to care for cats and enjoy the peace) is to post five copies of Stuart’s Memories book to the judges of the Maritime Media Awards, which will be doled out at a posh dinner later this year. Let’s see if we can get on the shortlist – it’s about time that Bassman Books won another gong.

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