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 »

29: Creative Process Review

Posted in Diary posts on April 27th, 2011 by Peter Baker

27 April 2011

When I got off that plane from South America in 2007 – the bit between my teeth – I’d calculated that writing a book might take a few months.

Complete fantasy.

With hindsight, such naiveté was probably for the best. Read more »