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Discussion in 'Resources' started by Simon, 24 September 2010.
I'd wager they still have a selection of the books on their bookshelf though!
May the future be productive and enlightening.
Best wishes on the new venture.
Let me add my congratulations and best wishes to Simon for this momentous move. With all due respect to my own publisher, Wild Swan is still the yardstick by which all the others are measured – and usually found wanting. The only thing I miss from my paste-up days is the whiff of the Cow Gum; for the rest of it give me Quark or InDesign any day.
More power to your elbow!
As a Wild Swan junkie, I have absolutely no idea why anyone would choose to label them as Dead Duck! Running a specialist book publishing operation must rank as one of the most rewarding ways of putting something back into a hobby/interest. Congratulations Simon.
I have long admired the products of Wild Swan. Not the cheapest but a quality book warrants quality materials which will stand the test of time. I have been guilty of buying a book more because of its superb feel or style than its specific content, and have widened my interests as a result! There have been recently some wonderful books published with creative layouts and graphics, although the traditional Wild Swan quality styling remains pretty timeless and works well.
Respect to those who make the effort to research and lay out fascinating technical treatises and histories, and to those who publish them so that others may enjoy and learn.
Great news - well done Simon!
Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year !!
Roger Swan (not often wild these days)
Ahh, so that's what it was. Well done and good luck for the future.
Didn't see this coming, but what incredible news!
Good luck, Simon, but I guess we're all going to have to make our own tea or coffee when we visit the shop now, you're obviously going to be far too busy getting the Camerton Branch trilogy out, together with Severn & Wye Vols. 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9...
Oh, and this now makes it a lot easier for me to put in my annual request for a reprint of S&Y Vol 3!!
Yes, I suppose it's out to Walcot, looking for the elusive cafe that has tea, coffee, biscuits....
I can announce that LNER Wagons Part 4B Standard and other designs has now been sent to the printers and should be available in time for the Easter shows, I have given the publication date of 1st April on Neilsen
Dustjacketed hardback uniform with earlier volumes, 184 printed pages, 240 illustrations, ISBN 9780953877119, price £38.95.
Available from your favourite bookseller who can pre-order now and will have copies as soon as they are available.
I am also happy to accept pre orders directly, if this suits anyone then please email me at:
Trade enquiries welcomed too at the same e-mail address to any bona fide retailers reading this who'd like to stock the book (and others in the range too)
I am still working on a new Wild Swan website to replace the current temporary arrangement, this should be available shortly and will set out ideas for the future in a bit more detail.
I also now have a printed list of all available titles which I am happy to supply to anyone who would like one.
Other new titles are in the pipeline too.
Apologies for "blatant plug" aspect of this post, I hope to return to DMU, PMV, track in garden etc soon
Wild Swan Books Ltd
As well as being - probably - the best railway bookshop in the country, the oddest things can happen when visiting this emporium, today was no exception and Simon has captured the various activities on the Titfield Thunderbolt facebook page.
Dashed good chocolate biscuits, thank you.
And there's a sudden rash of likes from WTers infested by Facebook!
I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I'm missing stuff by not being 'on' Facebook, but I still can't bring myself to get involved. My loss, I suppose.
It's no loss. I'm there under duress, as a lot of my friends are spread over the UK and the rest of the world. It's a useful-ish way to keep in touch.
In fact, I "left" Facebook a few years ago. I closed my account, thinking it deleted. Then some of my modelling work was shared by JLTRT on their page, it got some interest and I thought it might be worth a new account and a proper page to showcase my work.
Imagine my surprise to discover my old account lurking there, just waiting for me to crawl back. Think Hotel California: you can check out any time, but you can never leave. You're better off never checking in, believe me.
I'm with you there, Captain. However, I suspect if you have a business it's considered quite important nowadays. As for me, I have a few proper friends. Everyone else are acquaintances, much as I may enjoy their company. And how someone can ask to be your "friend" on the basis of having met you once escapes me.
I'll take your advice, Heather and not check in. In fact, as I said when I came in, if this is a club that'll have me I don't think I want to join..... (Only joking as far as WT is concerned, of course!)
He he, Dad, I think you've just about got it....
I did spot it on FB before here but still umming and arring if I need it.
the LNER wagons book.
Every modeller needs LNER Wagons
The book is now out, I have given it a write up on the shop website: