When we decided to turn our story into a book to help others I had no idea where to start. Then my friend passed over LMD publications information. I remember going over in my head what to say to them and panic wondering if the story was good enough to turn into a book.
My nerves were totally diminished as soon as Matt (the owner) very promptly got back in touch with me. He brought so much enthusiasm to the project right from the start and had confidence in how successful it could be which in turn gave me the confidence to go ahead.
Of course I still had no idea what happened at the stage of publishing the book but Matt was brilliant he asked to see our story and illustrations and talked me through the process. After reading the story himself he took interest in our journey and made time to get to know us. He wanted to know where the ideas behind it had come from so he could get a true picture of us as a family and the people that feature in the story. He was empathetic about our journey and he made it very easy for us to talk about what we had been through and where we are up to now.
From then Matt began to create our book but he kept me up to date with every part. Matt has put so much work and time into our book to make it exactly as we wanted it. When he received it the layout was single A4 sheets with water painted illustrations no digital images. So when I said I’d like it square shaped and all the images to be used, he worked hard to ensure the images and text were clear on the new layout, nothing missed or changed. As a family we were amazed with how he completely changed the initial layout, turning our A4 illustrations and text into a story book with a front and back and easy pages to turn!
Matt helped me add more personal touches to the book, information about our family, photographs and some extra illustrations. Nothing was too much trouble, even when we needed to make slight changes at the very last stage before printing!
Communication was and still is exceptional, we Exchanged numerous emails and spoke on the phone at length to ensure everything was as we wanted it. When it came to the thoughts of printing Matt explained the process to me and included me in emails to and from the printers so that I knew what to expect and could be very much part of the printing decisions.
Matt also shared his previously published stories with me to help me decide sizes and quality.
Even now after the publishing and the printing has been completed Matt is still supporting me with the distribution of the books. His wife Sarah has also been an extra support giving me online advice, help with launching our story and the best way to collect payments. They are definitely my go to experts, both professionally and I would say also as friends now too.
I would recommend LMD publications to anyone who is wanting to create their own story book, who want a professional but yet very personal and individual experience, they are amazing!