We are pleased to announce that The New Sylva is available to pre-order via the online shop of the Sylva Foundation.
The New Sylva – available to pre-order
Readers buying via the charity’s website, will not only be able to purchase this First Edition at a very competitive price, but can select to have the book signed by authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet.
Also, all proceeds of these sales will go towards Sylva’s charitable work caring for forests.
Pre-orders are now being accepted. Books will be dispatched from April 3rd onwards (publication date April 10th 2014). www.sylva.org.uk/shop
The New Sylva on Goodreads
One advance copy of The New Sylva is available for one lucky winner on Goodreads. The copy will be signed by both authors, and will be dispatched one week before the official publication date on April 10th.
Giveaway ends April 02, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
The New Sylva book in-hand
Today – by chance World Book Day – the first bound copy of The New Sylva arrived in the author’s hands from Bloomsbury Publishing.
It is a strange emotion unwrapping and viewing for the first time the fruit of several years of labour. A mixture of joy and pleasure, immense satisfaction, and a real sense that something has finally been achieved. It seems a good time also to reflect on how many people have supported Sarah and me in bringing this book to reality.
Seeing it for the first time has made me proud of the unbeatable team behind the book – and a team effort is exactly what it has been. The journey started over four years ago when Sarah and I started to shape an idea for the book. We met three and a half years ago with literary agent Rosemary Scholar. Commissioning of the book by Bloomsbury led us to work directly with their editorial team; first with senior commissioning editor Richard Atkinson, and later overseen with such aplomb by Natalie Bellos (nee Hunt). Subsequently also at Bloomsbury: Alison Glossop, Marina Asenjo, Lynsey Sutherland and Madeleine Feeney, who all put in so much hard graft behind the scenes. Other essential members of the team were book designers Peter Dawson and Louise Evans of Grade Design, copy editor Rachael Oakden, proofreader Barbara Roby, and indexer Vicki Robinson. Regular readers of this blog will recognise many of these names.
The book would also not have come together without the support of tree and forest owners, scientists, artists and members of the public. We trust that the book will satisfy them and our future readers. Perhaps we will see some of you at the author events during the year?
We look forward to official publication day on April 10th. Note that you can pre-order your signed copy today.
First press pass of The New Sylva. Photo Grade Design.
Printing of The New Sylva has begun at the printers Soler Tallers Gràfics in Barcelona, Spain. The first press pass has been completed successfully, overseen by book designers Grade Design. This is the stage at which the printing quality is checked for the first time on the chosen paper, inspecting for ghosting, hickeys and scums etc., plus correct colour rendition, and page ordering.
Everyone involved is looking forward to the next stage – the production of the first bound copy.
Sales sheet for The New Sylva (click to enlarge)
Bloomsbury Publishing have released the sales sheet for The New Sylva. The book will be shrink-wrapped in the shops (although many may have a display copy), and this sheet will replace the back cover to provide more insight into the book, including thumbnails of selected spreads.
The New Sylva is now available to pre-order in many online stores. It is also available to pre-order a signed copy (by both authors) in the shop of the Sylva Foundation – and your money will support their charitable work caring for forests.
Final cover design for The New Sylva. Photo: Grade Design
Book designers, Grade Design, have been making the finishing touches to the final cover design for The New Sylva.
This is the first time that we can reveal the design of the back cover, which depicts a scene visited by the authors during their Scottish drawing expedition in 2012. The drawing by Sarah Simblet was made at Pucks Glen, where ‘exotic’ conifer trees are beginning to resemble behaviour seen in old growth forests among their native range in North America.
The book will be shrink-wrapped in the shops, the rear being covered by a separate ‘sales sheet’, which will provide a description of the book along with some illustrative spreads. We hope to be able to share this with you soon.