It has been a while so here is an update on my Manuel Göttsching book in progress. We are all systems go and approaching a finished product. Over the last few weeks I have been busy checking that all of the names in the book (whether those belonging to people, places or pieces of music) are correct. Soon I will be doing the same with all of the dates. I have just completed the references section and this afternoon I will be double checking that this is all correct. In the meantime my good friend Stephen Iliffe (Hans-Joachim Roedelius biographer and CD sleeve note writer extraordinaire) is proofreading my draft chapter by chapter at a rate of knots, as and when time allows. Thank you, Stephen!
Whilst all of this is going on I have enlisted the services of a graphic designer for the cover and all of the layout. Believe it or not he lives in Australia (thank goodness for e-mail communication). His work is excellent and I look forward to sharing it with you when it is available. The link with this graphic designer was forged by a mega Manuel Göttsching fan, who fortuitously also happens to be a book publisher. While my book doesn't fall within the genre categories that his inprint deals with he has been incredibly helpful in linking me with the aforementioned contact but also with organising links to printers that I will need to get the book self-published. Thank you also, Robert!
When everything is checked and the layout is complete and spot on I will probably be setting up a Kickstarter account with a view to funding a limited print run of the book. You will be able to see the cover art, perhaps a few sample pages and bag yourself a copy by pre-ordering.
There have been a few slow laps along the way but I can promise you that this is the last one. After what I can honestly tell you amounts to well over five years of writing during weekends and holidays Manuel Göttsching book is almost there and I'm getting rather excited about it. If I had to predict when you will be able to get your mitts on it I'd say the final quarter of this year. I'm moving house soon, which may slow things slightly for a month or two but this is almost there. Coming soon...