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Reviews of How to Write and Publish Local History
'Helpful, unassuming, practical and very much to the point, How to Write and Publish Local History is a most enjoyable read for any would-be author and is strongly recommended.'
'It is truth universally acknowledged that all local historians want to publish books and booklets - as the pages of Local History Magazine prove. Publishers take on a rare few, but most decide to do it themselves. As I know from bitter experience it is very, very easy to produce a badly designed unattractive booklet, which doesn't sell, however interesting the contents might be.
'Helpful, not pompous, practical and very much to the point, How to Write and Publish Local History is a most enjoyable read for any would-be author and is strongly recommended.'
'This is a book which should be owned by everyone who is writing their village or town history for the Millennium, and there appear to be hundreds in preparation! Every aspect of the subject is covered: how to write your history, design and typesetting, legal matters, estimating costs, artwork and illustrations, proof-reading (essential!) and indexing. Having got your book written and printed it is too easy to just sit back in a glow of achievement, but this was not the purpose of the exercise, further chapters tell how to store, advertise and sell your completed book, who is legally entitled to a free copy, and give suggestions on packaging for the mail. For those still eager for knowledge, a chapter on 'Further reading' at the end gives a list of useful books on writing, indexing, publishing, design and promotion.'
'The shelves of any local studies library groan with the research of amateur local historians. And so they should. The honourable estate of amateur has rightly always been the backbone, or perhaps the lifeblood, of local history; much distinguished work has been achieved by self-styled 'amateurs'. Amateurs certainly – amateurish, definitely not. But oh how often sound and valuable work is let down by amateurish production. There is no excuse for this. Not these days, anyway.
'If ever a group of budding U3A writers wanted a step-by-step guide from inspiration to successful sales of their work, How to Write and Publish Local History is a very useful companion. R.N. Trubshaw is the author and it is he who, from his own Heart of Albion Press, publishes books and pamphlets on local history. The formality of his name on the title page is relaxed on the cover where he becomes Bob Trubshaw. That is indicative of the contents, professional but also user-friendly.
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