Monday, March 24, 2014
I Need An Editor
Although I have accepted Kindle books for general reading, I love to have and hold photography and artist's handmade books. To me they are precious art objects that I can look at again and again. That feeling has created an expectation for making a personal book. It is an expectation that makes me question every issue about the book. Cover, paper, size, sequencing, text, font, images, relationships.
In trying to put this book together, I think I'm making a mountain out of a molehill. I don't expect to list it on Amazon. It isn't going to be for sale. I'm making it for me and family. However, I am agonizing over it as if it were to be placed in the competition for the best photography book of 2014.
On my bookshelf I have Douglas Holleley's book, Digital Book, Design and Publishing. He writes that after you have a preliminary dummy of your book, and this is where I am now, read it as if you were seeing it for the first time....Put your intentions and desires in the back of your mind and look at it objectively. ........one can get so wrapped up in the creative process, that one loses all sense of objectivity about one's work. Intentions get mixed up with effects: effort and time spent get confused with results.
Yes, that is definitely where I am now, I have the dummy, or as he calls it the maquette which sounds much more professional doesn't it. And I have lost all sense of objectivity. I need an Editor.