Binding ‘In Memory’ — Part 3

Gold Tooling and the Slipcase Leather is a delicate material, as it’s easily damaged when it’s exposed to heat or pressure. So let’s do exactly that, shall we? 😀 In my last blog post, I showed you how I created the fine leather cover for our book. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can read the post here if you’ve missed it: Binding ‘In Memory’ — Part 2. In this third and final post in this series, I will show you how I decorate the book with gold tooling and how I build a slipcase that will protect it. As in the previous posts, I’m not showing all steps but instead focus on the important ones. Gold Tooling This would probably be the right place to ponder the alluring yet corrupting nature of gold and its unfortunate effect on people, and to quote one of the great philosophers. But…

Lessons Learned 1: The Call for Submissions and Selection

Nearly a year after the whole process began, I’m finally getting around to starting the ‘lessons learned’ series for the anthology.  This is going to talk about what the process of the book’s creation actually involved, as well as the things we’ve learned work (and don’t work!) insofar as putting together an indie anthology go.  It was certainly an interesting experience, as I’m sure Sorin will agree!  Of course, ‘lesson learned’ number one is that putting an anthology together in six months is a somewhat ambitious goal.  Don’t do that.  Don’t ever do that.  😀 This part of the series will talk about the call for submissions and selection process we used.  It might be interesting for those who wrote to us, for people who are submitting to other anthologies, and for would-be indie anthologists.  And if ‘anthologists’ isn’t a word, it damn well should be! Firstly, for those who…

Betraying the written word

I’ve been listening to a lot of books lately. Because I’m such a skinflint bargain hunter, I almost never pay full price for anything, and pounce on free stuff with the ferocity of a starving lion. In fact, I’m the sort of idiot who will sometimes harvest cut-price goodies and freebies irrespective of whether or not they’re of any use to me. Behold, the Rio DVD I nabbed for free via the Sky Store last year which remains unwatched by my utterly uninterested children! Toward the end of 2015, however, I had a bit of a serendipitous chain reaction. Amazon ran one of their free Prime trials, giving me access to free one-day delivery for various birthday and Christmas presents (as well as their slightly rubbish streaming video service, and less rubbish streaming/download music service). During the same time period, I stumbled across a free three-month Audible membership trial available…