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High quality book production services 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.

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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?

Sometimes, but mostly 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 get started?

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 without tour consent. Feel free to sign-up lower down the page, using the GDPR compliant form, if you chose to do so.

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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