Having self-published one book at great expense to myself, I am currently trying to find a publisher or company to help with two Come Home Year productions. More expensive doesn’t necessarily equate to better, in my books!
The first book will be called St. Shotts: Our Home, Our Anchor. This book will contain stories from about 30 writers. People who live in the community, relatives who have moved away but visit each year, visitors who have stayed here or spent considerable time here-all of these have submitted stories about how St.Shotts is significant in their lives. Some writers are first time writers.One has a Phd. in English from Tufts University. Some of the writeres talk strictly about people who once lived or are currently living there. Other stories are about the school, the beach and the games that were played over the years. Many are memories of living in or visiting the place.
Some stories that will make others see St.Shotts from different perspectives are from people who have recently bought property in the community and come back each summer. Interest has been shown by the very young, and the not so old! There are stories by our former principal who taught in the last school for 35 years. There is also a tribute to her by a former student. There’s a story about the oldest couple living in the community, who has 13 children, 35 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. There is a story by a grandmother about her stepbrother leaving the community at age 15 to seek his fortune. Just so many amazing stories and perspectives!
Even our parish priest, Father Peter Golden, is doing a story for the book. He is from Ireland and has quite a way with words. You might say he has the gift of the Blarney!
The second book contains stories about Pasadena, a small community sandwiched between Deer Lake and Corner Brook. These stories will be written by current residents and also people who have moved away. It is in early stages, and has six writers showing interest thus far. I’m expected that this number will increase throughout the months of March and April.
Whether the books are 80 pages or 120 pages in length, there is a considerable amount of time and attention necessary to get the stories to the final stages, for presentation in each book. Some stories were submitted in written form and have to be typed. All need to be edited, to varying degrees.
Perhaps you have suggestions for a newcomer like me, and if so I’d be interested in hearing from you. If you are a lawyer, you might be able to advise on how to make sure all writers know that profits will be donated to the communities mentioned above, and if there are documents that need signing. Since this is of no monetary gain for the submitters, is there a form to be signed? Right now I have emails from most writers stating that they are aware that no money will be given to writers, and that all profits will go to the community.
If you are a publisher, do you have suggestions for the cheapest and best quality book that can be created? All suggestions will be considered. Some residents have sent me photos of the anchor community hall. One will be chosen to be used.
In consideration of how many books should be printed, is there a good way to figure out the number? Also, is there a way of printing so that only the binding needs to be chosen carefully? For example, if I print the first book at Staples, could I take it to be bound at a lower cost overall? Can I put a copyright sign on the first page, without having a legitimate publishing company? So many questions and I’m not even sure if I’ve asked the most important ones. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The books will get done, but with more input from people in the know, the process will be that much smoother. HELP!
Thanking you in advance.