In the past three years I’ve published three short-run history books via
Lonsdale, and I have to say I’ve been thrilled by the result.
I can imagine that for many people one printer is like another, but Lonsdale
have done a superb job on the covers of my books – far more than I could ever do
myself – and have made them look utterly professional. There is no way you could ever tell that
these were short run digital books rather than mainstream titles with print runs
in the tens of thousands.
The proof of this is the way that certain stores have taken the books and sold
them. They see the book as objects as
well as literary works, and sad though that is for the author, it means that the
book has to look right.This is what
Lonsdale has done for me.
I would also add one point of detail. One
of my three books was written with a co-author, who became very fussy (if I may
use that word without him hitting me) about getting the colour of the historic
scene on the cover just right.
Lonsdale were patience personified, running the cover several times to help us
get the tint exactly right.
As for the rest: the price was excellent, delivery was on time, every question
I am certain that somewhere out there is a printer who will say to me – oh we
could have knocked 20p per book off the price. But there is no way I am going to risk losing the quality of work that I
get, for a small extra profit.
These books each represent a year of my life, and I want books that I can be
proud of, and can give to my children and say, “Look, your dad did that”.