Friday, 18 October 2013

Windsor Castle at Night

One of my favourite chapters in the book is the one featuring Windsor Castle photographed at night. The chapter describes how I took this photo using my car roof as a make shift tripod and describes my childhood memories of my late father taking us to Windsor. It also mentions talk of our toy soldiers collection, my father's work in Windsor in polythene manufacturing, also how I played my part in the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, and not least how we used to drive into the castle itself. 

Nighttime photography can be tricky and I have always got my best shots with a little planning in advance, but even then I usually end up playing with the camera settings rather than relying on preset nighttime settings.

The idea behind the book was to take visually interesting photos and then personalise the text with what the photos mean to me using recollections of events when growing up. The fundraising book has 30 such chapters and all the money raised is going to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

What Next?

So what next I ask myself? The target of achieving 1000 book sales seems a very long way off now. Sales have trailed off over recent months and I must admit I am at a loss of what else I can do to generate sales. Sales currently stand at 270 which has been a great achievement and the support out there has been magnificent, but it has now been 6 weeks since a copy was sold. I could of course do another free book promotion, which is good for the sales stats, but will not benefit the charity. So the book is going through a challenging period, but I am not quite ready to throw the towel in yet, although it does make me question whether there is an appetite out there for a second book? I have an idea in mind if I do go down that route, but I will not make any decision on that yet. I will keep pushing the book and will try and come up some fresh marketing strategies. All suggestions on that score are most welcome.

I am determined to continue to support the Beating Bowel Cancer charity though, and with that in mind plans are forming for the next fundraising venture in 2014 when I will hopefully be joined by a few friends to walk up a mountain. Mount Snowdon in September is looking like the favourite at this stage, but don't rule out Ben Nevis either...