Hertford Memories - The Book

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Hertford Memories - The Book

Post by Angela Woodford » Sat Jun 13, 2009 1:58 pm

Hmm...

I've had lots of suggestions and potentially inspiring ideas for putting together this book.

The last book of Hertford reminiscences by the distinguished Audrey Griggs covers the period from 1937 - 1944, and is very much a personal memoir, but thanks to the Forum we have loads of individual memories on which to draw.

I would propose going forward until the last days of the Head Mistress-ship of DR?

Opinions? Advice? Any Old Girls in publishing?

I feel excited....
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Post by MaryB » Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:58 pm

If we can't find a "real" publisher I think there is a way of doing it over the internet and only printing copies as they're ordered. There's a company called Lulu that does it. It might be just right for a project like this.
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Post by Fjgrogan » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:13 pm

My cousin wrote a book about his adventures in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and had it published by Lulu. It appears that Lulu just do the printing without any sort of editing. Although the content of my cousin's book was interesting, it desperately needed someone to proofread it; it was riddled with mistakes in spelling and grammar, and contained a number of inconsistencies in, for example, the spelling of place names; I found that very off-putting when I was reading it. I think, as you say, the books are printed to order. If we were to use a company like Lulu to do the actual printing I think we would need to ensure first that the content had been thoroughly proofread and edited. Unfortunately I have no publishing experience - I decided a few years ago that it is what I would have liked to do, but it is a bit late to start a new career at 64.

What about Ian Allen for publishing?
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Post by Jo » Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:46 pm

Do you think any of it would be printable without libel cases all over the shop?? :shock: :shock:
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Post by MaryB » Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:50 pm

I've had better experiences of Lulu and I suspect we could do our own editing and proof reading (I've done some for gov't documents etc).

My (ex) husband couldn't find a publisher for his novel, The Blue Book, which is really pretty good though I say so myself, and self published it in the end ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Book-Chris ... 0955506700;
http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2008/05/27/ ... -blue-book). He's about to do another one but the marketing has been really hard work and the margin on sales is almost non existent, especially through Amazon.

It would be useful if Angela could say a bit more about what she has in mind.... I suspect that we're looking at a niche market here, making the print-on-order solution a good one. The libel issue is also something to consider!
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Post by englishangel » Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:44 pm

I have already proof-read "Half to Remember" and we could always change names.
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Post by Katharine » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:06 pm

englishangel wrote:I have already proof-read "Half to Remember" and we could always change names.
Are you thinking of the Founder's Day Addresses, I know several Forum members did those.
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Post by englishangel » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:31 pm

No, I mean "Half to Remember" it was really badly written. I read so much (an average of 2 books a week from the library) that my family always say I should write one, but I tend more to correcting them.
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Post by Katharine » Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:35 pm

Ah you mean you corrected it as you read it, rather than reading before publishing.
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Post by englishangel » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:51 pm

Yes, exactly
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Post by Euterpe13 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:20 pm

Just remember, Munch, that anything written on the Forum remains the intellectual property of the writer, and that you will therefore need the permission of each person whose memories are used in order to include them in any published material
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Post by lonelymom » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:48 pm

:shock:

(I didn't know that!)
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Post by midget » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:49 pm

And you can not libel the dead.
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Post by Fjgrogan » Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:47 pm

I wonder if Miss Jenkins - aka the Hag - is still alive; surely not?!
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Post by Katharine » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:09 pm

How old do you think she was when we were there Frances? I, almost literally, bumped into her once in Oxford, a year or two after I left but I've never seen her since (never wanted to either!!)
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