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It's Not the Ships...

Frederick H. Sherwood with Philip Sherwood. 2012. 160 pages, 119 photos and images. 8 x 10. Perfect binding. Soft cover. First printing 50 copies. Book and cover design: William Glasgow. Printed and bound in Canada by Island Blue / Printorium Bookworks


Project Highlights

We managed this project from conception to completion. Preliminary consultations with the client involved setting the parameters of the project and identifying the audience (family and close friends) and general tone. Our involvement included:

  • fifteen hours of recorded interviews 
  • transcription and editing of a lengthy account of the client’s wartime service
  • transcription of interviews and additional written material 
  • reading the client’s wartime correspondence and selecting excerpts for publication 
  • additional research and extensive fact checking 
  • extensive telephone consultations with the author 
  • crafting the transcripts, letters, and other material into an engaging first-person narrative that retained the author’s voice. Ghostwriting. 
  • negotiating revisions with the author at every stage of the process 
  • identifying more than 118 illustrations and memorabilia to be included from a vast collection Writing captions and placing the images in the manuscript. 
  • taking additional photographs 
  • obtaining permissions from the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and arranging for licensing fees 
  • scanning and retouching photos and memorabilia 
  • designing the book and cover. Writing the back cover promotional copy
  • identifying a suitable printer / binder and negotiating a contract on behalf of the client 
  • negotiating changes with the printer 
  • arranging for the delivery of the books to the client 
  • designing a promotional poster

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"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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