Apr. 22nd, 2010 09:40 pm
pinepig: a metalic blue butterfly on a brown tree (butterfly)
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Hi! My name is Alex and this is my photo journal. I've got a gardening journal and a personal journal here too.

I don't know if this is quite what you had in mind but I've self-published a couple of photo books through I'm working on a 3rd one at the moment. When I started my first book I looked for information about different POD presses and ended up going with Blurb. I've been impressed with the quality of the books I've ordered. I'm happy with how they've turned out and how they look.

The down side to POD is that you have to do your own selling and public relations. I haven't had much time for this part of it unfortunately so haven't actually sold any yet!

I enjoyed writing in school and after (short stories and the occasional poem) but have focused more on my photography as a creative outlet. I have struggled to figure out what to write under my images in my photo books. My current project is mostly an editorial photo essay about our local cemetery, the dilapidated graves & how people have moved away from their grief and caring for their family plots. While most of the book is about the images and the story they tell, I've sprinkled some history and thoughts throughout. I've found my writing stretched as I've had to do research about the cemetery and have had to tackle the question of what resources can I use, how can I use them and how do I get permission to use them. I'm still in process with this, but have had an email today to give me permission to use the info from one resource.

So that's me in a quick nutshell. I'm here to learn, to see what other people who self-publish do, what hurdles they have & how they overcome them.

Date: 2010-04-24 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] logophile
This is very much what we'd love to see. :)

POD for photo books can be challenging. It's great to see that you found a service you like. Your project sounds amazing. I love cemeteries. My Mum used to take my brother and I around them as kids, showing us the various headstones.

I hear you on the marketing thing, though. Thus far, that is the bane of my existence.


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