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Monday, 28 September 2015
US Feedback for my Sketching Book
While I was away having my adventures in Denver, my Sketching People book went off to our US publisher, Barron's, for a pre-publication evaluation. It's standard procedure apparently. They have a list of questions they check against, to decide if they think the book needs any changes before they publish it in the States.
The check-points cover quite fundamental quality issues. They include questions like:
Is the writing style, reading
level, interest level, and level of detail appropriate for the intended
What is the general quality of scholarship
and accuracy of the text?
Is the coverage of topics
thorough and well balanced?
Under each question, the evaluator at Barron's writes a paragraph or two of feedback, before sending the report back to Quarto in the UK. Any problems then come back to me, via my editor, and changes need to be made to fit in with their requirements.
I got the email this morning from my editor at Quarto. She was so delighted, she sent me a copy of the Barron's evaluation report.
Turns out, they loved it. We passed with flying colours - no changes at all. The opinion was that everything was extremely clear, without being overly technical and that I had done 'an excellent job of offering many different approaches and techniques' with 'exactly the details that will help and inspire readers to
draw people in urban settings', covering my subject 'well and completely'.
They believe my audience will be find it a 'lively and colourful read'. Best of all was in the summing up at the end, where it says: 'I am ...very familiar with all of
the books about onsite drawing that have been published in recent years. "Sketching People" is one of the best
books on the subject of urban sketching that I have seen... I am sure (it) will be popular and will sell well.'
That's such a wonderful vote of confidence, especially from somebody as all-powerful and in-the-know as Barron's. Let's hope that you guys, my 'gentle readers' think the same.
The only bit of bad news is that, because Quarto got very behind with things, they have changed the publication date. Instead of being ready in time for Christmas, Sketching People is now not going to appear until around February. Oh well, something to brighten those long, winter evenings...