It’s a strange feeling, finally holding a printed copy of a book you’ve worked on for several months and knowing that this is the result of hard work, of sweat and, sometimes, a few tears. But, tomorrow, we reach another milestone with my writing, with my publishing endeavors: A New Beginning: A Siebenmeier-Eichenwald Tale comes out officially. It is a project I have put a great deal of thought into and one I hope, one day, to be proud of and look back on with a feeling of success, of achievement, especially so since the entire project is an in-house one, from writing through to delivery of the final product.
The book mixes my own experiences arriving here in Germany with fictional accounts of the area I live in, the people surrounding me, the mores of the German people and their society. It has a few thriller elements included, plenty of interaction between the outsider and the natives and, I hope, one or two surprises along the way. And it is the first in a series. I decided not to publish the work as a complete one-off story with an external publisher, but to bring it out as a serial work, every few months a new addition, in much the same way as Charles Dickens and others who used the Strand magazine – amongst others – to publish their works originally. Whether there will then be a complete edition remains to be seen but, for the moment, it will be a work in progress, a continuing exploration.
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One day I hope to be able to produce books in a similar fashion to that of my illustration, longer works which we have printed ourselves on a hand press. We’re not at that stage yet, but working towards it. Rather, the works we offer now are smaller, normal print and then sewn together as a single unit. This helps keep the price down – a bargain at just € 3,50 each! – and makes the production simpler and more cost-effective: when the books are needed, we print and bind them.
We’re not rushing ourselves, though, not taking too many risks. The knowledge that the whole thing might fold, that it will not manage to cover costs over the next few years remains firmly entrenched in our minds. The whole project is a risk, especially in these times when the printed book seems to be suffering at the hands of electronic versions, but one which we consider to be worth the effort, worth the investment.
This afternoon it will appear in our shop for anyone who wishes to buy a copy (or two) direct along with the other two titles already available. That doesn’t mean our work is finished, there is still promotion to be handled, the legal deposit copies have to be sent out, the next in the series needs to be edited and prepared. There are still other titles in the works which need to be prepared.
No one said it would be easy, many said it would be impossible, everyone forgot to say what a feeling of satisfaction there is when everything falls into place.
Love & Kisses, Viki.