To create a short book as a rich family legacy project. Doris’ manuscript came to us as a series of short anecdotes she wrote about her life in the Canadian military during World War II.
The project included a substantive edit, copyediting, design, layout and printing consultation.
It was important that Darin got to know Doris and her daughter, Jane. They had tea a few times and discussed Doris’ stories and her life. In these meetings Darin formed a sense of what was important to her in the book, they talked about their concerns and formulated a plan of action. It is not easy to create a book based on ideas, thoughts and samples, but by the time Darin sat down for the first reading, he had a clear sense of the goals for the book.
Darin then figured out how to best present the stories and sent Doris and Jane suggestions on how to improve it. They made the changes they thought appropriate and then Darin tuned up the text for grammar, spelling and voice before handing the manuscript on to the designer, Jordan Clarke.
Doris wanted a simple layout and she gave Jordan a few samples and some instructions. Image selection and placement was a very important aspect of the book. We started with a large list of possibilities. Through consultation we edited the list down, settling on a mix of photos, drawings and documents.
Finally, we began the proofing and printing process. Doris and Jane couldn’t be happier with the finished product and they had a small launch for family and friends soon after.
Do you have family stories floating around, either on paper or in your mind? Get in touch with us to find out where we can take yours.