I received an email from an author I’ve been working with. Here it is:
I do sometimes get asked to read manuscripts. Generally I prefer not to, because I take a jolly long time over it.
But this is somebody I started working with three years ago. We met on an Arvon course, and continued to talk every month or so afterwards, in a tiny group:
Anyway, back to the question about manuscripts.
I hate reading loose sheets of A4. And I can’t read anything book-length digitally, because I like to make marks and comments I can flick back through. I much prefer to read something book-like.
So I always print my own work in progress as an actual A5 book, glue-bound, with a cover image that changes from one iteration to the next. Like this:
My preference is to upload a simple PDF to Lulu.com, and a cover image, and get a glue-bound “proper” book. It’s cheap, for a start, and effective. Roughly £6 plus postage for the book I’m working on now.
But even without Covid-19, Lulu.com doesn’t deliver fast, so I couldn’t do it this time.
My own publisher wants me to make additions to my forthcoming book quite quickly, so today I got it printed and bound at a local print shop. Here it is, ready for collection with a happy smile from Charlie at The Print Team in Golders Green.
The same 280ish pages cost me £32, but it was a quick turnaround and I think it’s worth it.
Any questions, please leave a comment below.