The art of writing a book, and it is an art, (I’m not saying art-form), is to make sure it’s coherent and consistent. One of the things I’ve learnt in writing the first Kold Kronicle book is that if you don’t make sure it is, it just jars. When going through the ‘reading aloud’ editing session with Polly, it was quite noticeable how we would pause and go, ‘No, he wouldn’t say that…’ or ‘Hmm, I think she might say it a different way.’ The beauty of the written word is how it ‘sounds’ when you read it aloud.
The other part of writing a book isn’t an ‘art’ as such, it’s technical / mechanical with a strong artistic element. The first thing is that you need to ensure that if you use any graphics then you have the copyright, (we have and we do.) I have a strong belief that if a graphic artist creates a piece of work and you use it then it should be paid for. Same for websites such as this. The work that goes into these artistic elements is considerable and is invariably a ‘below the line’ activity, i.e. you don’t see how much work has actually been done. That’s the skill of the artist and the web designer by the way. There’s also the need for a book to have an ISBN number. Initially quite daunting, the help from the folk at Nielsen UK ISBN Agency was quite outstanding. Approachable, knowledgeable, and with a wicked sense of humour, they made this potentially confusing part of producing your own book so easy.
So, let’s hear it for those who create the beautiful artwork, design the websites, and others who ensure the book can be found anywhere in the world by typing in a simple number. Without them, authors like me would be lost.
Thank you all.
‘Never leave anyone behind…’