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

I provide book production coaching to anyone intending to produce an illustrated (physical) book. The range of knowledge and skills involved in bringing a book into the world usually surprises people. I have never met a self-publisher, or anyone else involved in a book production project for the first* time, who said it had been easier and taken less time that they thought it would.

*or even the fiftieth

Without the right guidance any print project can cost you more than is necessary. Moreover, it can take a huge amount of time and be difficult and stressful to complete. Non-specialists in books often find they have knowledge gaps which hamper their efforts.

Fortunately, it is also hugely rewarding to have that book in your hands. As an end-product for any kind of creative project I think it really is hard to beat.

From two decades working in publishing companies and as an independant book production freelancer collaborating with creators I have huge experience and practical advice to share. I can help you tackle your project in the best way to help it run smoothly and make it achievable for you to savour that new book feeling when you get your hands of that first copy.



Who needs book production coaching?

As you have found your way to me I wouldn’t be surprised if you were one of these types:

The book could be a children’s story book, a collection of photography, art, illustraton, graphic design, biography or anything else. It’s subject matter or purpose could be anything at all. If it needs to be printed I expect to be able to coach you on the better ways to go about it.

How is the coaching delivered?

My standard offering for book production coaching is based around a phone conversation. Beforehand I consider any reference material you have so I am informed about your project before we speak. Having talked things over in more detail I provide written notes on the discussion. Afterwords I’ll put some things in writing. I will focus on suggestions, opinions, further reference sources or contact details you need to move you forward.

In short:

  1. Prior assessment, before we speak, of material related to your project. This could be visuals, pricing, specification details, technicalities or a description of a particular problem or challenge you are facing
  2. A phone call where we talk it over in more detail
  3. Written notes collecting my thoughts. I will collate and share any explanations, suggestions, contacts arising from our conversation

Click through to my one online shop (below) for more information on Coaching Calls and how to get started. Feel free to contact me, without any obligation, if you have any questions about my service.

Full disclosure: some project tools I have created for my own use and for clients, such as useful spreadsheets for different tasks, come at additional cost. If they appear relevant to your project these can be made available at a competitive rate for coaching clients.

Coaching call topics

The kind of ground we would cover might be on the list below. These are areas which are important in book production. They often come up.

Coaching packages

Price as advertised is per session. Contact me to discuss book production coaching packages tailored to your situation. Some options could include:

Benefits of book production coaching

I believe I add value to your project in a number of ways:


Testimonials

I have worked with David for three years on a range of photograph-led books, including cookery and natural history titles. David has always shown a detailed knowledge of the production, print and colour management process as well as bringing new ideas, commitment and attention to detail. He even endures our very tight schedules with stoicism, for which I thank him.

Muna Reyal
Publisher, Cookery and Lifestyle, Headline Books

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T11:10:59+00:00

Muna Reyal
Publisher, Cookery and Lifestyle, Headline Books

I have worked with David for three years on a range of photograph-led books, including cookery and natural history titles. David has always shown a detailed knowledge of the production, print and colour management process as well as bringing new ideas, commitment and attention to detail. He even endures our very tight schedules with stoicism, for which I thank him.
David and I worked together at BBC Worldwide and Ebury (on BBC Books). I trusted David implicitly to deliver an outstanding production job on our highest profile books (eg Planet Earth, Rick Stein's Spain, Frozen Planet). Trouble-shooting, providing creative solutions to problems and never compromising on quality were some of his hallmarks. I have no hesitation in recommending David to any employer looking for a trustworthy and diligent individual who will always provide work of an extremely high quality.

Shirley Patton
Head of Publishing at ITV

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T11:07:34+00:00

Shirley Patton
Head of Publishing at ITV

David and I worked together at BBC Worldwide and Ebury (on BBC Books). I trusted David implicitly to deliver an outstanding production job on our highest profile books (eg Planet Earth, Rick Stein's Spain, Frozen Planet). Trouble-shooting, providing creative solutions to problems and never compromising on quality were some of his hallmarks. I have no hesitation in recommending David to any employer looking for a trustworthy and diligent individual who will always provide work of an extremely high quality.
I had great pleasure in working with David whilst he was at Random House working on BBC books. He is passionate about images and colour which meant that he was always open to new working methods to try and better the results from prepress to print. It is always rare to find someone who goes that extra mile with any supplier but David has consistently proven that he can.

Eric Bailey Ladd
Owner, XY Digital Limited

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T11:05:09+00:00

Eric Bailey Ladd
Owner, XY Digital Limited

I had great pleasure in working with David whilst he was at Random House working on BBC books. He is passionate about images and colour which meant that he was always open to new working methods to try and better the results from prepress to print. It is always rare to find someone who goes that extra mile with any supplier but David has consistently proven that he can.
He proved himself a highly skilled manager of the most technically demanding, time and quality sensitive and commercially valuable projects.

He showed undoubted flair for improving working practices with resultant improvements to workflow and to quality, furthermore delivering reductions to cost. He proved himself also to be an excellent trainer of, and mentor to, other colleagues.

Aside from his achievements in his role David also showed himself to be an enthusiastic and creative contributor to Random House’s Environmental and CSR activities. I asked him to take over as Chair of the Group Environment Committee. During his tenure he instigated and delivered numerous beneficial initiatives, voluntarily taking on considerable effort alongside his already very demanding core responsibilities.

All these capabilities ensured he made a lasting impact on the company. An innovative and committed individual, David is a huge asset to any project or organisation.

Stephen Esson
Group Publishing Operations Director at Penguin Random House UK

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:58:07+00:00

Stephen Esson
Group Publishing Operations Director at Penguin Random House UK

He proved himself a highly skilled manager of the most technically demanding, time and quality sensitive and commercially valuable projects. He showed undoubted flair for improving working practices with resultant improvements to workflow and to quality, furthermore delivering reductions to cost. He proved himself also to be an excellent trainer of, and mentor to, other colleagues. Aside from his achievements in his role David also showed himself to be an enthusiastic and creative contributor to Random House’s Environmental and CSR activities. I asked him to take over as Chair of the Group Environment Committee. During his tenure he instigated and delivered numerous beneficial initiatives, voluntarily taking on considerable effort alongside his already very demanding core responsibilities. All these capabilities ensured he made a lasting impact on the company. An innovative and committed individual, David is a huge asset to any project or organisation.
I can’t recommend him highly enough, he is outstanding at what he does. Impeccable attention to detail, absolutely brilliant at coming up with solutions to print and production problems, fantastic with photography projects, he has a real eye for page layout and design. Just a bit of a gem, really.

Anonymous, via The Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2016, list compiled by whitefox Publishing Services

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:55:44+00:00

Anonymous, via The Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2016, list compiled by whitefox Publishing Services

I can’t recommend him highly enough, he is outstanding at what he does. Impeccable attention to detail, absolutely brilliant at coming up with solutions to print and production problems, fantastic with photography projects, he has a real eye for page layout and design. Just a bit of a gem, really.
David was the production controller responsible for many of the books that I edited and managed through the production process at Hodder. He was unfailingly calm, reassuring and helpful. He was also rigorous in his attention to detail, supremely well-organised and reliably effective at problem solving. In fact he pretty much taught me everything I needed to know about book production, when I arrived as a very inexperienced editor indeed. David has a wealth of experience and is a real pleasure to work with.

Helen Coyle
Editorial consultant and writer

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:53:44+00:00

Helen Coyle
Editorial consultant and writer

David was the production controller responsible for many of the books that I edited and managed through the production process at Hodder. He was unfailingly calm, reassuring and helpful. He was also rigorous in his attention to detail, supremely well-organised and reliably effective at problem solving. In fact he pretty much taught me everything I needed to know about book production, when I arrived as a very inexperienced editor indeed. David has a wealth of experience and is a real pleasure to work with.
David ran production on several book projects I've worked on over the years and he's always been great to deal with, accurate and more importantly, to me anyway, sympathetic to the images he is printing. I have no worries sending images off to him for printing knowing they will be well looked after.

Chris Terry
Photographer

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:50:33+00:00

Chris Terry
Photographer

David ran production on several book projects I've worked on over the years and he's always been great to deal with, accurate and more importantly, to me anyway, sympathetic to the images he is printing. I have no worries sending images off to him for printing knowing they will be well looked after.
You would, however, be ill-advised to try this without the help of a project and production manager; someone who knows all the intricacies of book production, the right printers and paper suppliers and a hundred and one other things. It’s knowledge that takes years to acquire. And in the UK, the go-to man is David Brimble.

Niall Benvie
Photographer and Writer
Original source

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:32:58+00:00

Niall Benvie
Photographer and Writer
Original source

You would, however, be ill-advised to try this without the help of a project and production manager; someone who knows all the intricacies of book production, the right printers and paper suppliers and a hundred and one other things. It’s knowledge that takes years to acquire. And in the UK, the go-to man is David Brimble.
I'd like to say a massive thank you to David Brimble. David ... has worked on this project over the last year, taking care of everything from creating schedules, analysing the costs, to sourcing the printer to helping me decide on the specification of the book. He has extensive experience working in publishing so if anyone out there is looking to take on their own book project, look no further

A photo of 'Space for Nature' a book I produced for Matthew Maran Photography and Clinton Devon Estates

Matthew Maran, Landscape and Wildlife Photographer, self-publisher. Author of Hampstead Heath and Space for Nature
Source

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:45:19+00:00

Matthew Maran, Landscape and Wildlife Photographer, self-publisher. Author of Hampstead Heath and Space for Nature
Source

A photo of 'Space for Nature' a book I produced for Matthew Maran Photography and Clinton Devon Estates
I'd like to say a massive thank you to David Brimble. David ... has worked on this project over the last year, taking care of everything from creating schedules, analysing the costs, to sourcing the printer to helping me decide on the specification of the book. He has extensive experience working in publishing so if anyone out there is looking to take on their own book project, look no further
Just wanted to let you know the response to the book has been brilliant with fantastic comments and feedback coming in. Many mentioning how impressed they are with the print quality and reproduction of the images.

Also I would also like to pass on how pleased I was with the finished book.

Thank you so much for your input and work in this project and I hope it is one job you can feel proud to be a a part of.

Neil McIntyre, Wildlife and Landscape Photographer, main photographer of 'Red Squirrel, A future in the forest'

David Brimble Book Production services
2019-11-08T10:36:37+00:00

Neil McIntyre, Wildlife and Landscape Photographer, main photographer of 'Red Squirrel, A future in the forest'

Just wanted to let you know the response to the book has been brilliant with fantastic comments and feedback coming in. Many mentioning how impressed they are with the print quality and reproduction of the images. Also I would also like to pass on how pleased I was with the finished book. Thank you so much for your input and work in this project and I hope it is one job you can feel proud to be a a part of.

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