We’ve looked in the past on the Tantamount blog about how a good book is far more than just a well-written text, and we’ve seen the range of different skills and processes involved in producing a book, including the various different types and stages of editing, and the many roles undertaken by the traditional publisher.
Most wordsmiths recognise that it’s almost impossible to correct a manuscript you’ve written yourself, and even those who have some artistic skill don’t always illustrate their own books. It’s often more satisfying to let the experts apply their expertise, whether it be in copy-editing, proof-reading, page layout, illustration or cover design. Indeed, one of the reasons behind authobranding.co.uk and our integrated package of services for authors is the idea that most writers would rather be writing and leave the rest of the process to those who specialise in the other parts of the process.
Of course there are a few writers who are multi-talented. Tolkien‘s illustrations for The Hobbit were sufficient to prompt his publisher to ask him to design the cover: the familiar blue and green dustjacket design was printed from a water-colour by Tolkien himself. The original can currently be seen as part of the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
If you’d rather get on with the writing and leave the rest of your book project to the experts, get in touch to see how we can help.