How I could publish The Zanzibar Moon?
(This has also appeared in the latest Bookish News).
People ask how I have the knowledge to publish a book. Some of them can’t comprehend writing a book, let alone publishing it too (even my hubby). I never had any doubt (okay tiny niggles, but doesn’t everyone when embarking on a dream?).
I knew I could take on the publishing of The Zanzibar Moon myself because of my experience. I have worked in publishing in various forms for the last couple of decades (now let’s not get into numbers or it will give my age away).
In my twenties (yep, before marriage and kids) I worked for Ellem Advertising in Port Macquarie. I was employed as the typesetter, but because they knew I loved to write they let me craft articles for most of their publications. Later they made me editor of the surf-lifestyle magazine ‘Wax ‘n’ Wind’. I absolutely adored that job (thank you Ellem family).
When I was married with kids I ran ‘Munro Graphics’ from home. I was contracted to produce many local publications, particularly magazines. (Do not ask Bevil about the un-namable ones). I understood the business of publishing (magazines and local journals) but not publishing books. I was in the printing industry for a long time and then moved to the administrative sector because of lack of work. I did become an all-rounder.
Then about 2007 I joined Zeus Publications as the book marketing/publicist. There I learnt the book publishing industry and I loved every minute. Owners Bruce and Sandra gave me the start to see the nuts and bolts of the industry and I relished my role creating Advanced Information Sheets, Press Releases, Author Websites, contacting the media, organising book launches and book signings. The editor Marilyn taught me the finer points of line editing, CIPs, ISBNs and dealing with libraries. The experience was invaluable, so I’m forever grateful to the team at Zeus.
The book publishing industry has changed in those ten years, until now, particularly with ebooks and audio books. I have researched further to be able to produce The Zanzibar Moon to the standard of traditional publishers. I hope you’ll find that I have succeeded, when you receive your copy of The Zanzibar Moon. I have gone for a format of 152x229mm (just over A5), with cream pages and matte cover. It will feel really nice in your hands. I’m sure, personally, I’ll want to stroke the cover (and probably kiss it). Thank you once again for your interest.
Warm Witty Words,