As a friend who is a special collections librarian commented, “First edition, first issue in first state dust-jacket”.
Publishing the Book
I’m so excited about recent progress in marching smartly down the road to publication, that I just had to write this update. Excuse the gush that follows (or stop here, if you prefer). Just before Christmas I created a Facebook page for The Day Parliament Burned Down. Do please ‘like’ if you’re on FB! I admit I’ve become a pretty shameless social […]
If you want to choose a great read this Christmas for you or someone else, here are my top tips for finding a good ‘un (and I’m talking here about non-fiction, not historical novels): 1) Check the biog of the author on the book jacket. How do they describe themselves? What’s their platform? Do they sound credible? When was […]
OUP has now had its editorial and sales meeting and has produced this thrilling cover for my book. I’m really delighted with it, as it is almost the same as the image I’ve had in my head all along. Book covers are often a source of friction between publishers and authors but I couldn’t be more […]
If you’re writing a history book which is original and scholarly but which you hope has popular appeal too, then the news is pretty grim. The market for such books is extremely tough at the moment. You only have to glance at this photograph to see what I mean. Taken earlier this week at WHSmith in the departure […]
So, today was the day I submitted the final ms for OUP: two copies of my 108K text with e- and hard-copies of my 35 chosen images and the four maps I’ve drawn up. All on a memory stick too. I spent last week on leave working on the last edits, the acknowledgements and the […]