Since I’ve returned from my travels life seems to be on superdrive even more than usual. I don’t know where the days go, or weeks come to that. Every year life seems to speed up even faster than the one before. So much so that I lose track of where we are in the year. When we arrived at March I was shocked as those months just seemed to have flown by and yet now we are in June I feel this year has been a long struggle. It could be something to do with the strange weather we have been having. In March we had a heat wave and it felt like June, now we are in June in feels like October! Today and for most of this week we seem to be getting strong winds which I find strangely unsettling.The sudden gusts of winds swishing and swaying all the, now in full leaf, branches on the trees.
My book “Androula’s Kitchen- Cyprus on a Plate” has also seemed to be in a strange time-warp of its own. I can’t believe it is two years since I went to Cyprus to gather information and photos for this project. During that time I have worked and re-worked it several times to arrive at the very polished version that it has now become. With the help of a copy editor and book designer I have finally reached a finished product that is very close to my idea of how I thought it could look. It now looks fresh, contemporary and bright; some of the colours we’ve used are almost startling! I can’t wait to see it in print…..there is my next hurdle.
During that two years I have been reading and searching to find a way to get in print. I have been both encouraged and discouraged in turn when looking for a publisher. Now I have a couple of avenues to check out but the more I learn about publishing the more complex a world it seems, a world with its own language and protocol. There are, these days, many ways to self publish but even that is not straight-forward and there are many things to consider. My main concern is that the finished book is of good quality both in printing and production. My question is how do you know what the quality is like when everything is done online these days? The pictures need to be sharp the paper a good weight. When dealing with a publisher or printer direct, of course these things will be discussed and samples shown.
I have come a long way since I started this project and I have gathered much knowledge on the journey, now my journey continues and who knows where it will take me next. I can’t wait.