Photographic narrative of southern England's rich landscape from Angus Haywood
Some authors hone their storytelling skills with language and literature; others look to carve out a narrative with images: Chalk Hills White Horses is one such title.
Photographer and author, Angus Haywood, documented the chalk drawings of southern England on black and white film, observing their environment, aesthetics and scale. The negatives were hand-printed on a glossy, warm tone, fibre based paper using traditional printing techniques in the darkroom, before being post produced using contemporary, industry-specific digital technology.
Each of Angus’ photographs is juxtaposed with a carefully selected lino-cut, with each image informing and inspiring the other. This in turn, makes Chalk Hills White Horses greater than the sum of its very impressive parts and creates both a powerful and compelling visual narrative.
ISBN 978-1-909660-68-7 £22.95 Available 1st December
After walking from Lands End to John O’Groats, Peter Youngs returns with his book that details the iconic journey.
Peter completed his walk over three years and seven months, diarising his journeys, conversation, and more importantly the cake and ice creams he enjoyed along the way. These diaries formed the basis of his book, Ice Cream, Cakes and a Very Long Walk.
He recently began to retrace some of those footsteps promoting and selling this gentle and humorous read, and has already received rave reviews from his home town, Portsmouth.
ISBN 9781909660465. Available via this website, Amazon or from any reputable book shop, £14.95.
From Wales to Wiltshire: Ray Palmer's story of an ordinary family and some extraordinary people
Tricorn Books has seen a dramatic rise in autobiographical books that are not only interesting and valuable to family members, but also serve as important social history. Whether a prince or a pauper, it has never been easier to trace your heritage. And with top TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are? it has never been more popular.
No longer do you have to spend ages just locating small, dusty, local records’ offices and then traipsing around the countryside visiting them. With increased availability of public records so readily accessible online, all that can be done from the comfort of the living room.
Having said that, it still takes time and there is no better age group better placed to unlock the past than the retirees of today. Not only are there many more retirees, but they are more active, have the time, money and interest to invest, and with the rise of those ‘Silver surfers’, they also have the technology at their fingertips.
Retiree or otherwise, the Tricorn Books team is on hand to give support, service and someone to talk to who will guide you through the heady process of self-publishing and book printing your own very unique family heritage.
By self-publishing your story, you are contributing to the detail of today for the historians of tomorrow while leaving your mark for friends and family to relish.
Self-publishing: the treasured tool unearthing Edward King’s prized paintings…Portsmouth is a city of culture and energy. A city of artists, architects and amazing individuals.
Proud of Portsmouth Football Club, Dickens and The Victory, this seaside sanctuary offers anyone and everyone waves of character. However, one name, commonly forgotten, is Edward King.
Born in 1862, King was committed to St. James Hospital in 1925, following his wife’s death. Within the walls of the institution King absorbed himself in paintings and drawings, giving birth to over a hundred masterpieces. He would spend his time creating scenes of houseboats and farmland; until he was commissioned by the Mayor of Portsmouth to paint the grizzly aftermaths of the 1941 Blitz bombings.
He would sit amongst it all, within the depths of crumbling churches and fierce flames. Sometimes he would hide paintings within the fallen rock to return later and finish his triumphs. His artwork truly was and, still is, something unique. A treasure of our history and heritage. The expressive marks and the earthy hues all represent a part of our hometown.
And yet, forgotten.
Although he painted countless of artistic wonders, there is little recognition for this man. He illustrated for London News, was known and admired by Whistler and inspired the Van Gogh. However, he remained in relative obscurity. Until now.
John M Haggarty, a retired Royal Marine Commando and mature student, was drawn to King’s evocative story. As if a Victorian tragedy written by Dickens, Haggarty explored King’s life for his dissertation. His pursuit to bring life to King led him to us, to Tricorn Books and to self-publishing. Haggarty had this need to give King his long awaited recognition, and we made that possible.
Many may overlook self-publishing yet the impact of it, the success, are not to be underestimated. We gave John the chance to publish and to make a difference. We gave him the support to pursue his passion, and now look. He has published a title bursting with glossy and glorious pages that resurrect one of England’s finest contemporaries. He has not just published a book; he has excavated and celebrated a piece of our astonishing antiquity, which once harboured dust.
Edward King, a humble painter who gave away his pieces, who captured the essence and energy of the war, can now be remembered. And, with the recent exhibit in the Portsmouth Museum, Edward King: A Life in Art, we can now witness his paintings first hand. Hidden within the depths of the museum for years and years, King’s paintings are finally in the public eye, begging to be cherished and adored.
With over 70 paintings on exhibit, the museum welcomes all to this homage of a remarkable man. From serene scenes of farmers to blasted buildings, each canvas oozes with the life and soul of King. Every brush stroke whispers and every colour hums with energy.
So, what are you waiting for? Go and explore the secret story of Edward King. Go and transverse the world which John M Haggarty and self-publishing unearthed.
This characterisation study was commissioned by English Heritage, now Historic England, to increase our overall understanding of the dockyard built environment by telling the national story of twentieth century dockyards and the particular narratives of Devonport and Portsmouth Dockyards, the two remaining English naval bases.
Before this study, twentieth century dockyards had not been appraised holistically. It will inform possible future discussions with the MoD and Dockyards to enable Historic England to focus its resources effectively in managing these historic environments. It was also important to assess them before imminent naval policy changes further affect the built environment.
Halfway to Nothing is the debut work of new author, Dibben. Set in the sleepy town of Key Pines, it is a gentle love story of missed opportunities. Out now, and available through this website or online stores.
News that Amazon is turning to bricks and mortar as an extension to its business is good news for books. While poo-poo’d by rival bookseller Waterstones, it proves the intrinsic and physical value of books, and that the tactile experience of browsing and shopping for them is important to us.
As the sales of digital downloads plateau and customers demand more from retail environments, this is a promising indicator for all those in the book business.
It's official, self publishing is mainstream ... according to Nielsen (providers of bibliographic data). It seems that not only has self publishing become much more accepted by readers but it has also officially gone mainstream, with sales of £58m or 17 million units, which accounted for 5% of the UK book market in 2014.
All this is great news for authors as it represents more opportunities for more sales from more outlets, as previously prejudiced or unwilling retailers will be unable to dismiss this sector so readily.
The look and feel of a book, its production values and readability are perhaps even more important now, as they will endorse its credibility and help to drive forward this emerging and 'mainstream' market.
And that is where Tricorn Books can help.
Young, gifted and doing it for themselves. Unlike bygone days when aspiring writers sat at home waiting for a publishing deal ... now, new writers and artists are doing it for themselves. And not only that,there is a whole raft of young people doing it for themselves.
Owen Devine and brothers, Matthew and Jonathan Ring, all in their early 20s published their own work with us that included original illustrations, photography and archive material. Alex Hibbert, polar expedition leader, motivational speaker and photographer launched his first book ‘The Long Haul’ when he was just 22 years-old, with Tricorn.
Proud of their work and with their books in their bags, these guys are taking responsibility for their success by doing the rounds of shops, galleries and museums to find traditional stockists. They are also finding new sales outlets and opportunities that reflect changes in our retail landscape and buying habits.
Having been born in the digital age, Owen, Matt, Jon and Alex are no strangers to social networking and are exploiting this medium to promote and market themselves and their work to create new and exciting futures. They didn’t sit, wait and hope that success landed in their lap; they have done it, and are going for it, setting a fine example that can only enhance their opportunities and profiles, in a time of economic uncertainty and challenging career prospects.
eBook sales growth has decelerated markedly, according to the Publishers Association’s Statistics Yearbook 2014.
While sales were up 8.2% in the UK fiction sector, growth is less steep than it was in 2012 and 2013 and, they report, could well plateau in 2015. Within those figures however, there are huge disparities between the genres with, for example, paranormal romance eBooks accounting for around 90% of sales, while more traditional genre eBook sales account for less than 20% of sales.
Disturbing for the industry this may be now, how does it look for the future? Looking at the children’s market now, it would seem that despite the familiarity and dependency of children on eDevices and technology, the children’s digital market shows only marginal growth. Maybe because the school eMarket has yet to develop or that adults often buy for children or because there is less choice of eTitles. All in all, it would appear that children’s books are still an integral and valued part of their lives.
Plateauing of eBook sales within any genre doesn’t mean there are fewer authors or they have stopped writing or wanting to write. On the contrary, there is now more choice of books, a greater spread of topics covered by books and more niche subjects – be they printed or electronic. There are also more opportunities for aspiring and established authors by choosing to do it for them selves and self publish.
Doing it for yourself. Self publishing has never been as possible and profitable for the independent author as right now. According to a recent survey from Book Business,69% of respondents see social media as being the most crucial marketing tool for selling books. Direct sales and online bookstores are a distant second, with less than half seeing these as effective selling tools. Almost 40% of respondents however, believe that events can still be effective and only 22% believing in the marketing power of actual bookstores.
From this, we can deduce that securing shelf space at your local book shop seems much less critical and doing if for yourself, is actually the way to go.
What makes good book blurb? Being able to write a good blurb for your book is an important skill to have, but it can also be challenging.You need to transform a browse to a sale – so it needs to be your silent sales person.
Some guidelines we follow are:
1. Hook your reader with your protagonist or world.
2. Use a ‘shout line’ to tell the reader a little bit more about the book. Consider emotive words.
3. Reveal limited plot or content details – don’t go into details. 3 points is often enough.
4. Find a strong, descriptive quote from the book – edit if necessary.
5. End with a conundrum so it leaves the reader wanting to find out more.
Feminisation of the novel.
'There is much evidence out there showing that women read more novels than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, attend more book clubs than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If, as a demographic, they suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.
A recent perusal of the New York Times fiction best-seller list, scoring sales of print and e-books combined, showed that of the fifteen titles listed, eleven were written by women. Indeed, women are the bulwarks of the novel trade.'
And its not just romance … 'women readers continue to outpace men. Having even moved into reading categories once considered strictly male turf, women readers and writers today are heavily represented across many genres from science fiction and zombie novels to mystery, suspense, horror, thrillers, military, including a myriad of other sub-genres.' Huffington Post, Feb 9, 2015
Books beat e-Readers for young people
In September 2014, the British trade paper The Bookseller surveyed 16–24-year-olds and found that nearly 75% preferred print to ebooks or audiobooks.In December 2014, Nielsen reported on a survey of the reading habits of 13–17-year-olds, saying, “Despite teens’ tech-savvy reputation, this group continues to lag behind adults when it comes to reading e-books, even with the young adult genre’s digital growth relative to the total e-book market.”
Land’s End to John O’Groats is an established walk from one end of England to the other end of Scotland traditionally covering 1,407 km (874 miles)
Semi-retired clerical officer, Peter Youngs completed the walk over a period of three years and seven months, setting out in his spare time, often catching the first train from Cosham at 6.15 am to return to the exact spot at which he had finished the last leg. He refused to take ferries across estuaries, walking inland until he could cross rivers. Using various National Trails including Offa’s Dyke, West Highland Way, South West Coast Path, as well as some rather circuitous routes and deviations, Peter clocked up a grand total of 2,470 km (1,535 miles).
Not only did Peter realise his great ambition of completing this iconic walk, he also meticulously recorded every moment, emotion, meal and snack of his epic journey in several A4 notebooks.
Being computer-illiterate, Peter approached Tricorn Books with his A4 notebooks and his ideas of turning them into a book, and we started on the rest: typing up his manuscript, proof-reading, editing, illustrating, designing and laying out the work.
Having spent considerable time and effort in his achievement, Peter wanted to produce a book, the quality of which was commensurate with his achievement. We all agreed that a hardback book, with dust jacket, on a soft-textured paper in black and white would do just that – and be cost effective.
Peter's first book,Cakes, Ice cream and a Very Long Walk is out shortly, and has turned his great ambition into a life-changing legacy.