34: One Chapter Ends, Another Begins

Posted in Diary posts on July 17th, 2011 by Peter Baker

17 July 2011

The day the first books were delivered it was rain, shine, rain, shine. Filled with emotion, I took the afternoon off and caught a train to Manor Park. I was on the edge of tears by the time the Olympic Stadium glided past. A vortex of nervous energy. A once-in-a-lifetime moment. Tingling. Read more »

33: Production Schedule, Part III – The Finale

Posted in Diary posts on June 29th, 2011 by Peter Baker

29 June 2011

To choose a typesetting format, Charlotte (the designer) mocked-up Chapter 1 in three example styles. I commented, she altered them, I agonised for a week, then picked one.

Sara (the production manager) and I then went back and forth, tweaking the chosen style, for eight days and 23 emails, before I signed it off and she sent the manuscript to be typeset.  Read more »

32: Production Schedule, Part II

Posted in Diary posts on June 20th, 2011 by Peter Baker

20 June 2011

The Blurb

Summarise the book in 150 words? Tricky. I did a draft and sent it to my production team. They commented. I drafted anew. Concurrently, two of them drafted their own versions. One (by Sid, my editor) was profound and philosophical. I loved it. One (by Si) was lighter and more frivolous. I disregarded it. After re-writing my own version (literary and classical), I was persuaded into some market-testing. Read more »

31: Production Schedule, Part I

Posted in Diary posts on May 30th, 2011 by Peter Baker

31 May 2011

Until recently, if I wasn’t pushing, the book didn’t move. Now, due to the HotHive’s wonderful publishing and design team, everything’s swinging along. From February through May, this has been (the first half of …) our production schedule. Read more »

30: Days Gone By

Posted in Diary posts on May 8th, 2011 by Peter Baker

8 May 2011

In the end, it took me a year to get the book published. All in all, not bad, and during that year life got much simpler. Read more »