PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED

January 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Writing is not everyone's cup of tea - writing two books at more or less the same time is what I’ve been at for the last while. Although I sometimes describe it as 'working' I don't really feel that way about it. But still, that's probably what it would be if I didn't enjoy what I was doing.
 
So, sometimes my life is taken over by editing, fine-tuning and proof-reading books. My next book consists of 300 pages, 69,000 words, 375 photographs and illustrations. Every dot, space, spelling, misprint, image, image caption, family tree, map, timeline, bibliographic detail has to be checked and rechecked. Every element of design has to be carved into perfection. Somehow, no matter how much time and effort is put into it, I know from over thirty years of experience that there's always something to go wrong. It results in the moment when, after you open the first printed copy, you loudly exclaim the word 'feck,' or 'damn,' or something that lets anyone within hearing distance know that perfection isn’t possible. Whoever it was that said 'publish and be damned' knew what they were talking about. But getting the first copy into you hand is more likely to result in what could be described as 'publish and say damn'!
 
That's my week ahead - detail, detail, detail. Attention to detail. Checking, double checking. Still, it could be worse and I might only be at the start of writing the book. Then the fence would rise dauntingly before me, as big a challenge as any gone before. As it is, we're almost but not quite over the top of this fence, and then I can look forward to finishing the next book. I can’t show you what the current book looks like or what’s in it, but I can show you an image from the Blackwater book, which is the one to follow. In both books, I get to combine my passions for photography and history. Nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong at all.

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