‘The Man Who Worked on Sundays’ blog by Paul Skinner

My father Revd. Leslie Skinner was the first British Chaplain to land on the Normandy beaches on D Day 2nd June 1944. He kept a diary which attached to the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, a territorial tank regiment, from D-Day until the end of the war and self-published his diary in 1995. He made it his self-appointed task to make sure no soldier was reported missing, and if dead given a Christian burial. He also refused to allow fighting tank crews to recover the bodies from burnt-out tanks.

The first edition sold out and both his former regiment and various museums were requesting a reprint. My father died in 2001 and his previous publishers could not be traced. As such I embarked on a reprint retyping the manuscript and re-sourcing images that had been used in the first edition and also finding useful maps that I felt would enhance a second edition.

Having approached The Self-Publishing Partnership I found their responses rapid and helpful. Little had I realised just typing and editing a manuscript was it; magnum opus completed. SPP provided proof editing, considerable help with text, layout, images and front and rear cover design. Enjoyed process thoroughly, the whole process from idea to publication taking less than nine months, usually due to delays by me.

My only recommendation to would-be authors is think about how many copies you could sell directly: the return on your outlay is much better the more copies you sell rather than relying on Amazon’s distributors where your return may be only 40% of the Recommended Retail Price. SPP will advise you.

Paul Skinner

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