Proof copies of Elopement: a Memoir rolled off the press yesterday.I am delighted.
One more check needed, to make sure everything is in place before the big print run.
Here is an account of the process of printing four proof copies
- Arrived at The Big Picture Factory at 10 a.m. The modest street front gave no hint of the state-of-the-art printing industry inside.
- Walked through this door. ‘Where the Magic Happens?” Magic would be good. But all I really wanted was some proof copies of my new book, Elopement: a Memoir
- I’d sent the manuscript ahead of me, via email. Of course I had a flash drive in my pocket. Just in case. Better to have a backup. Peter Stone had worked on the typesetting. And left some delicious decisions for me.
The Big Picture Factory uses three enormous monitors simultaneously to typeset books. I was way out of my depth. I kept acting as if I knew what Peter was doing. Sometimes one just has to trust other people!.
I love the romantic curves of the Jane Austin Font used for the title
and the Sabon 11/17 for the text
- Next Peter sent the typeset manuscript to the printing machine. That’s an eye-opener – a slick piece of technology if ever I saw it. Understated, I thought, for such an important job!
- The printing happened quickly, four-pages to a sheet of paper, printed both sides.
- The pages were trimmed to size on a guillotine.
- Next the trimmed pages were inserted into a binding machine, with the pre-printed cover. Watch this space for the video of the process. Is there a grandchild out there who can show me how to trim a video please?.And insert it in a post?
- After one more session with the guillotine, Behold, a book!!!
- Finally, here is a picture of my co-adventurer and first reader
Elopement: a Memoir will be available early in November 2015.