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
A Chat With Norman
by admin - 22:45 on 18 November 2010
The dissemination of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery to the world made further progress today.
After my last day's toil at GNoME HQ before a week's well earned holiday (hurrah!) I returned to The Rural Retreat via Dingwall where I engaged in talks with Norman, the force behind Dingwall Printers.
After fifteen minutes of talk about litho, paper quality, page sizes and book quantity he jotted down some details and promised to email a quote tomorrow – at last the proud authors will have something to compare with the price of a book produced by Blurb, and an idea of whether we'll ever be able to get it on sale in shops as well as online.
Dolphin James, who's a bit of an optimist, is keen to get the production cost per book below £10. We could do that with Blurb, but only if we ordered 2,000 copies at an up front cost of £17,000. That's not very practical when our current advance order is ten copies.
Maybe sales will pick up when I harness the power of the press to raise our profile through a well planned publicity campaign. Or maybe not. Time will tell.
The aforementioned holiday, during which Bess's favourite cat-sitters will be in residence, begins with a step into the unknown. Saturday evening will be spent at a swish Oxford hotel where a friend celebrates a milestone birthday, but Friday evening could be spent anywhere. Matchgirl and I plan to leave earlyish and drive until until dark, which I estimate will be somewhere in the Midlands.
So if you hear no more of us for a while we've either been mugged by Brummies or wandered into lands without internet access.
PS Pine martens are regularly seen there... or not...
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