We had decided from the beginning that we wanted a book that felt tactile and lovely and that the printing must be the best quality. Gerry Cinamon emphasised the importance of a WOW cover and we had a self-pattern embossed on Colorplan and the design was done in silver foiling. I chose to put my name on the back for the sake of a more effective design.
Our printers, Mayfield Press in Oxford were superb and showed us lovely papers. We chose an ivory paper: Mohawk which was the the colour of 100% cotton watercolour paper with a bite to it.
I was offered a “press pass” which means that I could see the start of the printing to make sure that the colour balance was what I had envisaged. If it looked too blue, the printer notched the yellow or magenta up a bit on one of the numbers that you can see above. This is the advantage of lithographic four colour printing – you can add or subtract one of the colours more easily than you can digitally. For each change the printer runs off another 50 pages or so to check. You have to keep the ink flowing.
Here are the 2.5kg tins of the four colours CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), one on top of each of the machines. The paper goes through each machine in turn for the next colour to be added.
Just look at this huge stack of paper. This will do 4 pages on each side, and each 32-page book is made up of 4 large double sided sheets.
I kept asking all sorts of people for advice and was helped along the way. Tessa – my ‘other’ daughter – who is a graphic designer, more than tweaked my layout and helped me with Indesign, patiently explaining about vectors and eps’s.
So many people have contributed to making The Rope of Words a book that we are delighted with.
And then I took delivery of 600 books to be hand bound by me. Each cover has to be carefully folded and because there is a narrow spine this takes a little longer. You can see 300 of the covers on top of the boxes.
And here is the cover opened out. I think it was worth putting my name at the back AND having a large foil block (not cheap).
To read more about the writing of The Rope of Words, see Megan’s blog and also look at the website www.ropeofwords.com. Megan designed the website and its fab. It even has a dictionary for all the new words you’ll come across in the book.
You can order a book and postcards from the website. All books will be signed and numbered as it is a limited edition. If you’d like a personal message from me in front in pencilled calligraphy please say so.