How can I help?

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High quality colour books for publishers in the Visual Arts

My name is David Brimble. I specialise in production of high quality colour books showcasing photography, art or illustration. I offer expert support to publishers, businesses and organisations, working with them from concept to finished copies.

My specialism is image-led work, working with specialist stakeholders like photographers, illustrators, galleries and museums, ensuring the best work is shown off to its best advantage.

Who are my clients?

What do I do?

My focus is entirely on helping clients engaged in a custom publishing project. By this I mean they have decided not to choose from the menu offering of any online book production service.

I use my expertise to help you create something bespoke where you can work directly with pre-press and print suppliers to achieve the creative outcome you are seeking, but with the mentoring support of an expert in the process.

Essentially, I help you achieve a smooth-running project, a high-quality product and cost-effective purchasing. Even if you have some level of experience with print and publishing it’s easy, without the right guidance, to spend a lot more than you need to or to make costly mistakes.

Whether or not you are a first-time self-publisher there are likely to be knowledge gaps which I can help you fill.

Services I provide

To break things down a bit further here are some examples of
more specific tasks I can fulfil:

Specification development and material selection.

I will assist you in developing a
brief so you can create your specification in the right level of detail to
discuss and cost with printers. 

Cost estimating and Profit & Loss analysis

Technical briefing

I can provide guideance on how to prepare your images and layout in the way pre-press and print suppliers need in order to give you the high quality printed result you want, and which is faithfull to the images you have created. ‘Colour management’ is a hugely important facet of book production when the content is colour-sensitive.

Choosing and working with a printer

I offer advice on choosing suppliers. I have extensive
supplier contacts in the UK, Europe and Asia, which I can recommend according
to the nature of your project.

I can introduce you to appropriate suppliers, help you to make arrangements with them, oversee the print management process and brief you on what to do if you attend the printing of your book.

Project Management input

Suggestions on the type of project planning, software and
technical capabilities you will need in order to manage the process
effectively, including:

Benefits

I believe I add value to your project in several ways

Books can be produced bespoke for much lower cost per copy
than you can expect to pay the online book production options. By working
directly with the suppliers you will cut out the middle-person and pay trade
prices in the same way a traditional book publisher would.

Whether you are producing your labour of love or a crucial
book product for your client you can retain full involvement in the process but
with a supportive and knowledgeable mentor alongside, who will help you achieve
a Publishing-standard product.

Using the correct methods when preparing image and design files ensures the highest quality result in print. Much can go awry between the camera or scanner, computer screen and the finished product so care and knowledge is required in managing the process. I am very experienced in this and can provide the guidance you need to get a top-quality result.

How do we work together?

The exact process of collaboration depends somewhat on the details of the project and your level of prior experience, capabilities and your preferences.

In my experience it is advisable to carry out a sound
planning stage at the beginning. I will help you define your aims and will
outline how you go about realising them.

Usually it is helpful to have periodic, scheduled calls,
breaking the project into a series of stages with debrief and planning at the
border between the current and next stage.

I then provide follow-up with explanatory notes and advice
according to the requirements of the project.

It’s not practical for me to provide unlimited support,
whether that is over the phone or in writing. I try and use collaborative
software tool such as Trello or Google documents, where I can answer your
questions in a centralised place online and maintain a methodical structure for
ongoing reference.

I am not a great believer in email as a tool for managing complex tasks. In book production you need to work through processes in a methodical fashion. I provide clear, concise information in writing in a way that can easily be referred back to, keeping things on track.

A photo of an open copy of The Red Squirrel: A future in the forest, one of my completed book producution projects

FAQs

Are you a publisher?

I’m not. I coach you though the process of producing a beautiful book and provide the production and project management direction you will need. The funding, the sales and marketing effort and the storage / distribution for the book will be down to you.

Do you project manage the whole thing as a Book Packager would?

No, I fill a supporting role. I enable you to be in the driving seat in turning your material into reality. I provide the opportunity to learn about the process as you work through it and provide the safety-net of an experienced collaborator to advise and support you where you need it.

My approach tends to suit people who are confident in being self-reliant rather than looking to another party to drive the process forward.

Are you employed or engaged by any particular printer?

I am independent of any suppliers and only put you in touch with those I consider to offer proven quality and service.

How does payment work?

Pricing for my services is tailored to your requirements. I will provide indicative cost estimates once we have had some form of discussion of what is involved.

Payments to other suppliers, such as the printer, will be your responsibility. You will make such payments directly based on their price quotations, invoices and payment terms.

What scale of project can you get involved with?

There are no hard and fast rules on this. I can scale my involvement according to size of the project. I feel I can add value even to projects with a low overall spend, although inevitably my involvement will then tend to be briefer than for larger scale projects.

Sometimes a short conversation can help a client make progress in an area where they were struggling. Projects of higher volume or complexity might see me involved at a number of points across a 6-9month period. It really does depend on the nature of the project and the needs of the client.

How do we begin?

Contact me by email to discuss your project in more detail or, preferably, complete the short survey (via the button below) to provide me with a starting point for understanding your aims and the kind of support you might need.

There is no charge or obligation to proceed from providing this initial overview. I will make contact with you so we can arrange a follow-up call / meeting / email exchange.

I will not add any of your details to any mailing list or supply it to any third parties.

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