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What cover would you have chosen for our book?

What cover would you have chosen for our book?

Would you have chosen a different cover? What image from the book do you think would make a great cover?  Why not let us know at our Talks, Tea and Cake event on May 27th from 2-5pm in Balsham? Join us for a cuppa and quiz the team on how to make a book - Berenice, our award-winning designer and 'book coach' will be there to answer your questions publishing a book. You can find out about maps from Dr. Seppe Cassettari and buy a copy of Balsham, a village story 1617 - 2017. The team would also love to hear memories from current and former residents. All are warmly welcome whether you are a resident or not.

The story behind the book

We had two speakers at our book launch and here is one of the presentations.

Berenice Smith is a designer who grew up in Balsham. She's also a professional designer with over twenty years experience. A speaker and educator, Berenice has a Masters in graphic design and typography. She explained to the audience about the story behind our book.  To find out more about her you can get in touch via her website here.

The hardest part of any book project is knowing when to stop the research! The book team researched the material for 3 years using resources at the London Metropolitan Archives, Charterhouse and the University Library and many others.

The hardest part of any book project is knowing when to stop the research! The book team researched the material for 3 years using resources at the London Metropolitan Archives, Charterhouse and the University Library and many others.

 
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One of the most important decisions is knowing what direction to take. Is the book printed, or epub? Maybe both? How to plan out the pages too. All big decisions that often have to be made before the book is written.

 
There are many stages to the book and these are the steps that the book team went through since February this year. 

There are many stages to the book and these are the steps that the book team went through since February this year. 

 
We did a lot as a team to keep you in touch with us whilst we were writing and designing too. 

We did a lot as a team to keep you in touch with us whilst we were writing and designing too. 

 
Some of our advice on what you may consider. You can also get tips from our news posts too.

Some of our advice on what you may consider. You can also get tips from our news posts too.

 
Do let us know what you think. Let us know via our contact page or look up Berenice on  social media . 

Do let us know what you think. Let us know via our contact page or look up Berenice on social media