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    Posted: 21 May 2022 at 20:35
I have been a bit reluctant to present this story here because of the concern that members might feel I am trying to sell my book. Emphatically, I am not. Right now, all my efforts are devoted to attempting to identify a major American publisher (I'm from the U.S. and all the images were taken in the U.S. except two from the Florence American Military Cemetery) who will take up the book project and print and distribute it in large quantities, something I am not able to do myself. The book is a "message" book, not a fine art photography book. It is a book about remembering veterans with every image accompanied by words in the form of a quotation, poem, song lyric or brief essay. A couple of the poems are mine but most are not. The first quotation that opens the book and is not accompanied by an image is: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." (William Faulkner). One of the great challenges in completing this book was to gain permission to use the copyright protected words, like the Faulkner quote. This was a several year's project. Some of the images have been posted on Dyxum. You can see a brief slide show of images from the book and a brief video here.

P.S. The "Contact Author" button does not seem to work and the web designer is working on that.

Edited by Roger Rex - 21 May 2022 at 20:55
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2022 at 20:03

so impressive, Roger, and ever so touching... truly, truly impressed!

love this mixture; how photographs and words can enhance one another.
the photography, shown in the video, is mag-ni-fi-cent!!!
congrats!   
TFS. for showing us, and very best of luck with your sales!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2022 at 20:23
Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


so impressive, Roger, and ever so touching... truly, truly impressed!

love this mixture; how photographs and words can enhance one another.
the photography, shown in the video, is mag-ni-fi-cent!!!
congrats!   
TFS. for showing us, and very best of luck with your sales!

+1!
I hope you will find a major publisher Roger, this book deserves a wide audience
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2022 at 21:01
PS? my 1/2 cent, for what it's worth?
totally agree with Fred it really deserves an audience and there must be an audience out there that will find comfort in your book. although I'm sure many will be touched by your poignant work and the words that come with it.
have you thought of contacting-, presenting it to people, who organize important! exhibitions? preferably during days of remembrance or something simular or veteran related?
once you are the talk of the town, NYC for instance, the book will follow?
prepare for signing sessions!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 2022 at 08:38
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

all my efforts are devoted to attempting to identify a major American publisher

The soldiers and everybody else that contributed to our freedom deserve it. Excellent work Roger, hat off   
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Roger,
A very fine and impressive book, a fitting and moving tribute, lovingly crafted and presented. Certainly deserves a wide audience via a commercial publisher.

Don't really know much about the situation in the USA, but I would have thought that an approach to the Department of Veterans' Administration might be worthwhile? Or your local Congressman?

In Australia we have the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and if I was to explore such a venture here, that would be the first point of contact I'd try. Then our Federal Department off Veterans' Affairs, and the RSL (Returned Services League).

I have only had peripheral involvement in seeing a book along such lines published. My friend and professional portrait photographer Harry Borden in the UK published a book called "Survivor" featuring portraits and short notes of Holocaust survivors in the UK, Australia, Israel and the USA. I assisted him with it in Australia. The book was eventually published by Hachette, one of the biggest international publishing houses in the world, headquartered in the USA. So perhaps worth contacting them and sending a sample book?

Good luck with it all. It certainly deserves to be widely seen and appreciated.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote alpha_in_exile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2022 at 03:21
Roger - have you looked at submitting to agents? It's not only prose writers that use (and need) agents, to garner the attention of large publishers, and to negotiate contracts. Major publishers sometimes do take unsolicited submissions, or they run contests and things, but I would tend to think a project such as this should be pitched by an agent.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2022 at 12:21
Thanks all for your comments, interest and suggestions. Here's a bit more information. As pointed out by alpha_in_exile, to secure a major publisher I must go through an agent. For example, Hatchette, mentioned by Jozioau, makes it clear that they only accept submissions through agents. This is true of all the major American publishing houses. I have started the search for an agent, having submitted the book to about twenty-five agents thus far. I have read reports of already published novelists needing to submit their second novel to as many as two hundred agents before getting a taker. Hindering my effort is that the vast majority of agents only accept a small part of a book for review or not even that, accepting just a written description/proposal. It is not uncommon to have an agent limit a novelist, for example, to the first chapter or fifty pages. Given the unusual nature of my book, the marriage of images with words, I am initialing limiting my submissions to agents that will either accept the actual book for a review or a complete pdf of the book. This is a long shot in other words for my book. However, one publishing insider told me, to paraphrase: "Roger, this book will get published. Be patient, there will be an agent and publisher with whom this book resonates." A major, perhaps THE major, consideration by an agent and publisher is will the book succeed in the marketplace, will it make money. I have no idea about this.

To promote the book to agents/publishers, I am doing two other things that were recommended to me, entering book contests and seeking exhibition hosts. The images and words from the book will be part of a major solo exhibition in the main exhibition gallery of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S. (where I live), commencing next April. In addition, it was just announced that the book received a silver medal in the annual national Nautilus Book Awards competition. See here (scroll down just a bit).

Again, thank you all for your thoughts.

Jozioau - Your friend, you and others might be interested in this by Cole Thompson.

Edited by Roger Rex - 25 May 2022 at 12:43
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jkp1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2022 at 14:13
Seems like great work .-)

Have you ever tried to make an Apple Book using iBooks Author ? Think it would give the book an advantage of interactivity and/or mixing sound/movements, and may give you an almost instant customer flash and sales.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2022 at 14:50
Roger,
I think you've made a sound start with the National Nautilus Book Awards - congratulations.

In terms of Harry Borden's 'Survivor' project, it first started in the UK in 2008, and images and text were progressively added from his photo shoots around the world to a portal on his website until 2014 when he entered a mock-up of the book into the prestigious ‘European Publishing Award for Photography’ book prize where it was shortlisted and attracted the attention of publishers.

After a few false starts, Cassell Illustrated (a division of Hachette/Octopus Publications) took the project on, with Harry retaining full control of editorial, design and production aspects of the book. As well as the portraits and personal notes, for every survivor there is a factual statement documenting each subject’s biographical details – place and date of birth, family, and what happened before, during and after the Holocaust.

The book was launched in London on International Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2017.

So this sort of thing is obviously quite a challenge, with a long gestation.

Good luck with it all, and I hope to read here of your success in finding a publisher reasonably soon.

(And thanks for the link to Cole Thompson's remarkable book).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2022 at 16:05
Jozioau - Thanks for the information and encouragement. One of the things that some agents ask for in a submission is a list of books that are similar (i.e., those that might be competitors in the marketplace). I have searched extensively and the book most like mine, but it is still quite different is Veterans - Faces of World War II. It is actually much closer to Survivor than my book. The book features a photograph of many veterans from many different countries along with a page or two comprising a oral history in each veteran's own words. Russia, Britain, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Japan, etc. It is quite the book. Both this book and Survivor have garnered extremely high marks from Amazon readers as seen in their reviews. I have ordered Survivor. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2022 at 01:33
Originally posted by jkp1 jkp1 wrote:

Seems like great work .-)

Have you ever tried to make an Apple Book using iBooks Author ? Think it would give the book an advantage of interactivity and/or mixing sound/movements, and may give you an almost instant customer flash and sales.


Not something I am familiar with. Right now all my time is devoted to the agency search and traditional publishing. Perhaps something to explore in the future. Thanks for the idea.
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