Megan Kerr wrote a short story titled Rope of Words – and this went on the win the British Fantasy Society Short Story Award 2012. I had started illustrating it before she won the prize with a view to making an Artist’s Book (which will happen over the next year). Then we decided to self-publish a small run of 600 limited editions in the meantime.
When the printer offered saddle stitching I thought we should bind them ourselves to save costs. Later I discovered that “saddle stitching” is done with metal thread and in the end is really just staples. This is what we wanted to avoid. I use linen thread and after binding a batch of 6, put them into my book press for a little squeeze, then put the covers on.
Here is the template for making holes. The awl comes form a jewellers shop and the book cradle is a delight. It was a funny little ‘bookcase’ my brother Martin made in woodwork classes about 52 years ago when he was 12. It has a gap in the middle so I glued grey board on to make the gap narrower. Perhaps I should show some proper photos …in a day or two.
And here is the finished result with the postcards.
If you’d like to get a book go to www.ropeofwords.com. I’ll be packging them so I can add a personal message in pencil in the front.