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Date Mon Aug-20-12 04:33 PM
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Mon Aug-20-12 04:36 PMby ananaso

Thanks for the earlier advice.

Unfortunately, the people organising it think that writers can just pull material out of thin air on a whim.

The organisers gave me an extremely vague idea about what they wanted, but not enough to go on to start writing. They decided to go with a vanity publisher they themselves had found, which was massively overpriced (Over £10 ($15?) for each copy of a 48 page booklet). I objected, advising the organisation was being ripped off, but agreed to continue to work on the content when a suitable brief had been given to me. They never did come to me, even when I chased them up on it, so I supposed my services were not required.

Then, on the Monday before the Fiesta, with only 5 days to go, I had a phone call. I was about to retire early for the night due to an important business meeting the next day in a distant town. "We need you to finish the book by tomorrow evening, deadline 5pm so that it can be printed in time."

I explained that I was going to bed, and could not produce 48 pages of material immediately for them just like that. "Oh, you can do it on your lunch break tomorrow." I explained that because I was out of town, I would likely be doing lunch with clients so I could not. "Can you just stay up late and write something now?" Good night, I said.

In the end, they used a 600 word article of mine I had pre-prepared for them, but that was just one page. I have no idea where they expected me to get the rest of the content from at such short notice. They put the book together themselves, and the rest of the book was just photos, badly edited together. Words have been spoken in the organisation that things generally need to be better organised next year.

I'm hoping not to be involved next year.

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Self pub'ing advice please [View all] , ananaso, Wed May-02-12 05:31 PM
  RE: Self pub'ing advice please, CatrinP, May 02nd 2012, #1
RE: Self pub'ing advice please, Weird Jim, May 03rd 2012, #2
RE: Self pub'ing advice please, astropolis, May 12th 2012, #3
Expected to produce an entire book overnight, ananaso, Aug 20th 2012 #4
RE: Expected to produce an entire book overnight, CatrinP, Aug 21st 2012, #5
RE: Expected to produce an entire book overnight, MarFisk, Sep 02nd 2012, #6

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