partnering for profit

Being among a small community of book designers within the Association of Personal Historians [APH], we often discuss among ourselves how to find more opportunities to partner with writers on book projects.

On Saturday, October 24, I will be part of a panel discussion at the APH Annual Conference in Valley Forge, PA, entitled “Partnering for Profit”.

Most of us have worked as both writers and designers but have found it more suitable to our skill set and temperament, as well as more profitable, to focus on one or the other and partner with those with complementary skills.

Here’s the workshop description:

A partnership between a graphic designer and the writer of a personal history can create expanded markets and bigger profits for both individuals. With each person doing only what they do best, the result is a better product for the client and, thus, greater customer satisfaction resulting in more and more referrals for both partners. A panel of three pairs of collaborating APH members will discuss how to choose a collaborator, agree on contracts, assign roles and responsibilities, plan workflow, and set expectations about quality control and timelines.

I am proud to be included among these talented writers and designers who will be participating: Linda Coffin – HistoryCrafters, Minneapolis; Jeanne Archer – Tell Studios, Inc., Denver and Amarillo, Texas; Joella Werlin, Familore, Portland, Oregon; Paula Slavens, Special Editions Customized Biographies™, Beaverton, Oregon , and Paula Yost, A LifeSketch—Heirloom Memoirs Publishing, Yantis, Texas.

Maybe I’ll see you there?

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  1. Anne Hunt
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Really nice piece on documenting photos — hits me where it hurts, as I find myself with many boxes of undocumented photos. Before my memory gives out completely, I am committed to doing what I can to make some sense of it all and to create a legacy for my family!


    PS: Maybe I can just make up stories to go with photos — no one will ever know, unless, perhaps they do as much sleuthing as you do!

  2. cj-madigan
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Anne. I think made up stories are as valid as “real” stories if they are your stories. Who’s going to contradict you? Not me!

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