When we started on this journey, we always had a date in mind of the end of August to decide whether the project would go ahead – based on the requirement to bring in the £8,500 we needed in order to professionally design and print the book.
There was always a chance it was going to be tight, and that proved to be the case, as by the end of August we were still around 1/3 short. I was able to give it a week or so to see how various conversations with potential sponsors would pan out, but after that, if we didn’t start production (which meant actually starting to spend money) we would not have the books out in time for the sponsors to use as corporate gifts for Christmas 2016.
So, we had to ‘take a flyer’ as they say in the industry – which was made easier by discussions with Xscape Milton Keynes to come on board as lead sponsor in early September. This reduced the shortfall and meant that, in the first week of the month we were able to press the button and brief the design team at Shine Creative who will be bringing the book alive. We kicked off those discussions last Friday and I’m now very excited to see what they come up with – initially for the front cover design.
I then spent last weekend trying to select just 50 images which will go into the book – which was extremely difficult, as the first ‘shortlist’ was about 140! Trying to select a range of images from across the city and the seasons – as well as covering a mix of landscape, urban and architecture, is extremely difficult – but I am making progress. Ably assisted by my sister, who is also a photographer, and my husband, who will always be my biggest fan! Thank you to both of them.
Of course, just as I was making progress on the selection, the forecasters announced a mini heatwave, which resulted in an amazing sunrise, so I was out at Willen Lake again yesterday shooting the Peace Pagoda. Which has led to more shuffling of the ‘top 50’!
Other activity this week has included applying for a copyright license from Ordnance Survey to use the old MK maps, as these were built upon OS mapping – and starting the process of getting an ISBN number, so that the books can be sold commercially as well – we’ll have them available in the Milton Keynes Visitor Centre in The Centre:MK in December – and hopefully some other locations as well. I’m still working on that!
Anyway, I’m delighted to say that we have three more sponsor announcements pending – so watch out for those in the coming days. We are still looking for more sponsors though, so please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved. We can add new sponsors right up until the book goes to print in late October, as we will still have time to add their logos to the sponsor page in the front of the book!
Our next big announcement will also be the name for the book – which should be confirmed in the next week or so . . .