Well, that was quick. I ordered my
vanity project RAPS photo book on the 5th of January – and yesterday the finished product was delivered by mail. Unlike a few other photo books that I had ordered in recent times, I loved the quality of this one immediately. It looks like it *is* a proper book – with a linen hard cover, a printed protection sleeve with my cover design, and it is substantially thick (about 1 cm) on account of its 173 pages. The print quality is great. And even though this is only a book to satisfy my own vanity, made for a readership of 1, it is immensely satisfying to have. Something about the tangibility of a printed book… In absence of the actual shrines, I sometimes find it hard to believe I have made more than 100 of those little boxes of love. The book makes my shrine project more *real* to me. And ok, yeah, there is the whole thing of “seeing your own name in print” – even if it is only my pseudonym and not a best-selling book that I am actually making money with and winning prizes for…
A couple of my readers asked on Twitter to see the book. So I made a quick video with a flick-through. (Sorry about the boring clip – I actually spent about 3 hours this morning, editing a bit of fun into the thing – and then found out that the free editing software slaps a huge logo on top of this clip and mars the whole thing. What a waste of time!)
If I had had an editing programme, I would’ve made a few notes in the clip, pointing out that the cover and pages *are* actually white, not light-blue, that there is always a large image of the shrine on the right and a few small detail pictures on the left, and that the book has page numbering included in the price.
A couple of people have suggested I make the book available for sale. It actually is, HERE. Sorry about the price tag. Not my decision. The price is set by Blurb and is due to the large number of pages! I had to pay the same for my printed book – and I was stupid and forgot to search for online vouchers for discount codes.
Photo book authoress Guylty 📸