Today I joined the Caldecote History Group for a meeting. We talked about the best way forward to produce a book on the history of Caldecote; I was there in my capacity as a publisher.
I'm usually approached to help with a book when the author has already produced a first draft. I was therefore delighted when the Caldecote History Group asked me to give some professional advice at an earlier stage.
The reason is that whilst the production of a book has it's own difficulties, the real challenge is - how do I sell the book. Thinking about this right from the start can be of great help later.
My hosts were Sheila, Robert, David and Christine, part of a wider group that has a good complement of different skills and and historical interests. They and others had already collected a wealth of information about the village of Caldecote, over a period from the Domesday Book to the present. We wanted to establish the best way forward for the Caldecote History Group.
The wide ranging discussions eventually crystalised to 5 key elements:
- Adopt web based tools for even better team work
- Tell the local and wider communities what we are doing
- Generate interest in the final book
- Design, edit and set the book
- Publication (print and/or digital) of the book
Every group will have its own specific solutions when producing a book. What is important is to generate interest early on as this gives you a clearer idea on who will be interested in a copy of the final book.
Get in touch if you are a Cambridgeshire group interested in finding the best way forward for your book.
In the meantime keep a look out for more news from the Caldecote History Group!