Project Overview

Welcome to the Confessions Book Launch blog.

In a live project during the Publishing course at Edinburgh Napier University the third years were set the task of producing a book worthy of selling in any high street book store. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg was the chosen product and so the hard work began.

In order to find out their market they took it to the London Book Fair and spoke to people in Waterstones to get a general idea of the market and how they could target potential buyers. It was decided that students could be targeted as it is on the SQA curriculum but in order for it not to feel like a typical textbook they went to the trouble of commissioning a local artist, Cate James, to design the front cover and give it a more modern theme. With a competitor already in the market having a good jacket, they set upon the task of editing it properly and looking into discussion questions to make their version the better buy.

The amount of response they had for people wanting to write introductions and illustrations was surprising but in the end they went for Dr Valentina Bold to write the Afterword and Professor Alistair McCleey to provide the Last Word.

When asked what they thought of the final product, overall the students were very proud of the outcome. “The layout is clear and the cover is eye-catching, there are always things that you could go back and change but the unique attributes of the book are what makes it very attractive.”

This blog has been set up to allow you to receive up-to-date information on the re-launch of James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, a project by Third Year students at Edinburgh Napier University.

Over the course of the following weeks the site will host information on the progress of the launch, as well as details on the various promotional events that will be taking place and ultimately the launch itself, including photo’s and comments. The blog itself is not only aimed at business owners and those in the Publishing field, but also at literary fans everywhere.

Information on the progress of the launch can also be found on our Facebook page, and by joining the associated group.
For faster updates, we are also on Twitter.

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One Response to “Project Overview”

  1. Fiona Hartree Says:

    http://www.napier.ac.uk/randkt/rktcentres/scob/Pages/MerchistonPublishing.aspx. Your links are now on the SCOB website under Merchiston publishing. What a hive of activity today. Good luck

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