Publish a book


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This was a presentation I made to the Northants Family History Society, to help them present their research in different ways. The presentation was extremely well received, on a horrendous winter evening!

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Publish a book

  1. 1. ©ThomPoole2011-13What now?Publishing your researchThom Poole
  2. 2. ©ThomPoole2011-13So far so good…• Youve done the research• Got piles of papers, photos & certificates• Databases full of information• Bored your friends and family
  3. 3. ©ThomPoole2011-13DisplayThis is OK, but where can you display it, and how muchinformation can you display on the chart?
  4. 4. ©ThomPoole2011-13Write a bookThis is why I’m speaking to you.
  5. 5. ©ThomPoole2011-13How to write your book• Planning• Writing• Publishing• WarningIf you have a reporting function in yourgenealogical software, make use of it. I useRootsMagic that provides a range of reports,including narrative and listings.All I used to write the book is Microsoft Word,PhotoShop and the online publisher Lulu
  6. 6. ©ThomPoole2011-13PLANNINGStep 1 – Where are you going to go?
  7. 7. ©ThomPoole2011-13Planning your book• Audience• Information guide• Pictures, certificates & forms• Copyright? Who are you writing for?How much information should youinclude?Start scanning information - pictures,certificates, forms, etc
  8. 8. ©ThomPoole2011-13WRITINGStep 2 – What to put in the book?
  9. 9. ©ThomPoole2011-13Charts• Tree diagram• Fan Chart• A Timeline
  10. 10. ©ThomPoole2011-13Presentation• The bloodline• The ancestry• Family specific narrative• Place index & maps• Occupation lists• Kinship lists• References
  11. 11. ©ThomPoole2011-13The bloodline• Related to your ‘Root Person’• Follows the bloodline back• Excludes families• Can include additional information on eachperson (unless included elsewhere)• List by generationAdd the relationship each person has to the root person - e.g. third greatgrandfatherDo not include siblings, unless this is the only sectionIdeally, start each generation on a new page
  12. 12. ©ThomPoole2011-13Ancestry• Following the bloodline back, but includingsiblings• Include other information, e.g. census, parishrecords, stories, etc• List by generation
  13. 13. ©ThomPoole2011-13Family narrative• Follow key family lines• From the earliest entry forward• Add additional information that would interestthe reader• List each name with the relationship to theroot person
  14. 14. ©ThomPoole2011-13Family storiesExample is of a book I wrote for myfather-in-law for Christmas about hisgrandfather
  15. 15. ©ThomPoole2011-13Additional information1881 Distribution 1998 DistributionThis comes from the FamilyName distribution project ( - no space)
  16. 16. ©ThomPoole2011-13Index of Places• List all the locations in your tree• Add maps• Add photos• Add some history about a placeBring the locations mentioned elsewhere in your book to life
  17. 17. ©ThomPoole2011-13Occupation Lists• List all occupations• Give some background (where necessary)• Add detail (e.g. certain jobs related to alocation)My niece asked about the occupations of our ancestors - wanting to hear about apop star!
  18. 18. ©ThomPoole2011-13Kinship Listing• Alphabetical listing of all kin• List from the root person• Highlight the bloodlineHighlight the bloodline using bold &/or italic emphasis
  19. 19. ©ThomPoole2011-13References• List your references as end notes• Let readers confirm your research• Acknowledge other contributors• List census, certificate and web references
  20. 20. ©ThomPoole2011-13PUBLISHINGStep 3 – Putting your content in print
  21. 21. ©ThomPoole2011-13Alternatives• You could publish to a public website• You could create your own website• You could serialise your content• You could write a bookPublic websites like Genes Reunited or AncestrySerialise like the wartime diary of Private Ross Taylor by his grandson - ChrisAyres on Twitter.
  22. 22. ©ThomPoole2011-13Publishing• Online digital publishers are cheaper• is an international publisher• You maintain full control of your book• You can sell it publicly with an ISBNLulu – international, so if you have family overseas, they get their book printedlocally.We’ll cover the warnings about going public at the end.
  23. 23. ©ThomPoole2011-13Using LuluCreating your project
  24. 24. ©ThomPoole2011-13Using LuluCreate your account on Lulu
  25. 25. ©ThomPoole2011-13Your BookSelect the sort of book you want to publish – hardback,paperback, size, colour pages (costs quite a bit more!)
  26. 26. ©ThomPoole2011-13Start Your ProjectGive your book a name and enter your ‘name’, andselect the distribution you want for your book.
  27. 27. ©ThomPoole2011-13Choose The LookRefine or change the look and feel of your book
  28. 28. ©ThomPoole2011-13Upload Your FileThe online tool converts your Word document into a PDF.
  29. 29. ©ThomPoole2011-13The Book CoverThere are some sample cover you can use, but you can also design your own as Ihave done here.You can add your own title, spine and back notes. There are a range of fonts andcolours you can choose from.
  30. 30. ©ThomPoole2011-13WARNINGAll is not rosy though
  31. 31. ©ThomPoole2011-13Warning• Your database contains private information• Only publicly distribute information aboutpeople who are deceased• Control your book distribution if it does• A website is more public & open to morepossible abuseThis does not mean to say that you shouldn’t publish thingsopenly, but do so knowingly
  32. 32. ©ThomPoole2011-13SummaryYou can download your content and covers, set a price (the priceshown is the cost). If I set the Direct Access or General Access, Ican set a sales price.
  33. 33. ©ThomPoole2011-13Q & A
  34. 34. ©ThomPoole2011-13Shameless Plug
  35. 35. ©ThomPoole2011-13Openly Published• My latest novel• ISBN: 978-1-4476-7885-4• Of interest to genealogists