The orchestra of reading #buildingpassions

I’m starting to hit the critical stages of self-publishing my book on the Brunel and Barry families of Victorian engineers and architects.

If you run projects you can do something called ‘critical path analysis’ to help determine the key deadlines across a range of ongoing tasks. Software programmes will now help you do it more easily.

Essentially, you need to decide, like a conductor, how all the different parts of the orchestra come together to produce the desired sound over a fixed period of time.

There has to be an element of ‘gut feel’ about it, otherwise what’s the point of having humans involved in the process.

To continue with the orchestra analogy, my desired ‘sound’ is an enjoyable and informative experience for a future reader of my book. I’d like this to happen pretty soon after they start the first chapter and come to a crescendo by the end of the book.

The parts are me the writer and image finder, my reviewers, my editor, my cover designer, my proofreader, my indexer, my printer and my distributors. Since I’m also the project manager as a self-publisher, I need to change hats all the time!

On top of this I am learning as I go!

Hopefully, when it comes to my next book in the stable of #buildingpassions publications it will be a lot easier and smoother for me.

But I will still need to wave the baton, smile, frown, urge, gesture, encourage and then take a bow for the team (even if raw eggs are thrown at me!).

Author: Nick von Behr

I've been blogging since 2012 under different guises and on a range of topics mainly linked to education, but more recently focusing on the history of civil engineering and architecture as well as writing more generally. I have written a book on the 19th-century Brunel and Barry families of successful architects and civil engineers who built the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, Paddington Station and the Royal Opera House in London and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

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