‘Harris in his own Words’, is a beautifully written memoir written by the Grandfather of Harris, marking the first five years of his life. I was very honoured to be chosen to design and produce this very personal book, which was a joy to work on, and I’m sure will be really treasured by Harris and his family.
Working with Rachel on this book felt like a partnership from the word go. The book is a journal of my grandson’s first five years, and Rachel’s input to it was transformational.
I was delighted – thrilled, in fact – to see Rachel’s initial designs. She chose a ‘scrapbook’ look-and-feel, with lively, varying layouts of images and text, and I could see straight away that this would engage and reward the reader and was definitely the right direction to go in. We went for a large landscape format with hard covers.
The rest of the book (124 pages, 17,000 words of text and probably 100+ images) came together seamlessly from my point of view. It was exciting and satisfying to see the pages brought to vivid life. We had a couple of passes of minor text and image changes, and the job was done. Rachel handled all the arrangements with Blurb, which suited me perfectly, and brought the job in on budget, and at a competitive and very reasonable price.
I believe that the enthusiasm Rachel brought to this project along with her talent and experience made a huge difference to the quality of the result. It also made working with Rachel a pleasure.
The book was produced for my family and the reaction from them has been one of total delight. I’m grateful to Rachel for all her input to what was for me a labour of love, and I recommend her warmly and wholeheartedly.