Tell us more about your self-publishing journey with StoneMill. Why a limited edition of 100 copies?
Jagdish self-published his book “100 photographs: A Retrospective of 50 years of Photography” with StoneMill
When I thought of self-publishing, I spoke to some writers that I know. But they did not know much about photography or publishing a photography book. Then I thought to myself, should I not talk to someone who knows something about photography? That is when I thought of StoneMill. I got in touch with Samira, the founder, and she was on board with my idea. And I think it was a wonderful journey working with her. She and her team were very cooperative and helpful.
Samira understands photography, visuals and the written word and that was definitely a bonus. She was able to give a flow, direction – a story to my book. From my collection of about 20,000 black and white photographs, I selected about 500 and gave them to Samira. I asked her to select the 100 photographs that would ultimately go in the book and it worked out perfectly. Conchita Fernandes, who wrote the captions, sat with me over a few days to understand my story and wrote captions that added flavour to the book. I was given four book designs and covers ideas to choose from and everything worked out beautifully. Ultimately for me, it all came down to trust. They were communicative and receptive. They kept me involved in the whole process, took my ideas into consideration and they were able to deliver within the time frame I had.
Since I am in this industry, I have seen that reading of newspapers and magazines has gone down and so has the buying of books. However, I do know that there is still a market of limited edition prints, so I decided to publish a limited edition of the book. I decided upon 100 copies as it fit in my budget and I knew that I could sell all of them. If I had decided on a higher number, it would have taken me forever to be able to sell them. Because there were limited copies, I was able to autograph them and give a little personal touch for the collectors.