I’ll Be At The Hershey Public Library Today

I have news about the William Palmer biography project, but first a public appearance news.

Hershey Public Library will be holding their first Local Author Festival from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so I’ll be holding down a table there representing Peschel Press.

I’ll also be talking for about 15 minutes at 10:45 a.m. on getting published, particularly with the industry. Fifteen minutes won’t cover everything, so if you want to know more, feel free to ask me throughout the day.

illustrated life and career of william palmer

Inspecting the cover of William Palmer at CreateSpace.

This is what I’ve been working on this week, the culmination of three years of work putting back into print cleaned-up and annotated editions of material about the Victorian murderer William Palmer.

“The Illustrated Life and Career of William Palmer” is probably the best of the three, an “instant book” published soon after his hanging that told the story of his misspent life, his crimes, his execution, complete with dozens of woodcuts and added information about London nightlife, scams in horseracing, and the hijinks medical students get up to. It was meant to be entertaining, so they threw in every kind of story it could find, within the limits of Victorian morality.

William Palmer biography

Quoting Lord Peter Wimsey and Sherlock Holmes

It gave me the chance to present a cleaned-up, edited version of the book that’s better than the “scanned from PDF” editions out there. In fact, I particularly liked the idea of presenting an edition that better than what’s out there.

Take these two images below, sort of a “before and after” look at the book:

Illustrated-william-palmer-before

Illustrated-william-palmer-after

I’ll talk more about this later, but probably the best thing about this project is that it’s done. Little did I realize what a massive undertaking it would be to edit, cleanup, research footnotes and proof three books. But it’s nearly done.