Designing and producing books.
"More and more, I find myself acting as a guide to authors and personal historians. I become a sounding board, offering deep encouragement as I steer my truly wonderful clients along the way to getting their books created. Not only do I match writers with editors and printers, intuit what design fits the story, and even at times guide the evolution of a book's title, I seem to exist in a place of just plain helping, supporting, making sure that the writer — in the deep throes of birthing a manuscript so long and lovingly worked on — is held and championed. I love this role!" — Robin Brooks
Robin Brooks, principal of The Beauty of Books, transforms the messages and lessons of life into what clients have called “stunning” memoirs, personal histories, books on spirituality, art, poetry, and — on occasion — fiction.
The Beauty of Books collaborates with seasoned editors, personal historians, printers, and other suppliers. Together, we can help you make important decisions about your book’s form, appearance, process, and the best way to get it printed. If you are not a writer, but you want your own, your family's, or your business story written, I can also put you in touch with a personal historian who can help to write that story.
Robin works with high-end offset and short-run digital printers, as well as the print-on-demand (POD) services of Ingram Sparks and Create Space. This means that you have the flexibility of a traditional offset printer for a large print run, an excellent digital printer for a small run, or true POD for those books you'd like to get out into the world economically. Being a published author herself, having previously gone the self-publishing route, she also has a basic knowledge of distribution and marketing.
Look through Robin’s book designs as a starting point. Get a sense of what she does. Then, Robin will listen as you describe either yourself or your client (if you're a personal historian). Then, she'll want to know what the book is about, what the nugget of the story is, what the challenges and victories are. She’ll also ask you about the kinds of readers you envision. Then she’ll be ready to work with you on specifics — always with budget in mind.
With 40 years of design experience, Robin has a rich graphic design portfolio. Many examples can be found at her Song of Spring Designs website.
Share the wisdom of your own or your client's experience through writing. Let others learn from the steps taken in the living of a life.
Training for New Phs
Robin trains new personal historians in how to work most effectively with book designers. She guides you in how to prepare your manuscript most efficiently so you are doing your best for your client. She sees you through to your first portfolio piece.
APH personal historian for With Dedication to Service: A Collection of Stories shared by Henry R. Passi:
“I celebrate all the new things I learned during this project, especially through working with you. Your patience, careful instructions, and gentle suggestions were all appreciated.”
for New PHs