Book Production Schedules

Photo book publishing has changed in seventeen years but when it comes to book production schedules whips still have to be cracked. I’m just the type to keep everyone on track plus working backwards comes naturally to me. I start a project by envisioning the end result and figuring out how to make a subject…

Plans Change

There are two metro boxes of my ideas that I’ve been carrying around with me for 20 years or more. I tend to move around, so I only seem to look into these boxes when I am packing and unpacking. Some of the files are filled with handwritten journal pages, there are at least four…

But Does it Work?

Photo editors and researches have to ask themselves this question at every turn. Image choice is so subjective and what’s more, it can depend on how we’re feeling at any given moment. Then deadlines factor in. Searching for the right image ultimately means the photographer or agency has to tag the image to be found,…

How One Still Can Become a Movie

Still pictures and films are totally different photographic mediums. But here is one way to merge them. For editorial photographers, one frame should be able to convey your story. Start building: Single shots Article Book Exhibition Film As the project develops, incorporate the work of writers and other artists to add depth and texture. Practically…

I Am a Machine

First a little housekeeping: Yesterday I unraveled my site and set up a new template including auto posting to various social media sites using SNAP. Warning: anything could happen as a result! I also unlocked comments so let me have them. Such an undertaking would not possible for me without the generosity of darling nerdy…

How to Untangle Book Proposals

Whatever your book is about, remember the idea has to be sold three times: To the publisher or investor who will finance and produce your book, To bookstores and fulfillment houses that will keep it in inventory, To someone who will buy the book. Proposals must illustrate exactly how you will communicate to the potential…

How to Hit a Nerve

Write (photograph) what you know about is good advice but you may know more about something than you first realize. When it comes to subject matter, I like to ask photographers what they feel gives them “authority” to publish on their proposed topic. I’m interested to know about your significant credentials, time spent on the…

Topical Use Only

The bulk of my experience is producing and editing documentary books but I have also worked on plenty of single subject titles (i.e., cookbooks, gardens, tiles, wedding design, cars). In either case, the proposal’s topic must initially be perceived as having the potential to connect with an identifiable audience beyond people with an interest in…