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A few weeks ago, in the hallowed setting of Meeting Room 1, Osprey Towers, we commissioned a bunch of new books for 2016: two New Vanguards, two Campaigns, and a very exciting Warrior. And once the debate was over and decisions made, web guru Michael K came to me with an idea.

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‘Wouldn’t it be fun to track the life cycle of one of our books live on the website? How it’s commissioned, researched, written, edited, illustrated, designed and printed, from now until the day it hits the shelves?’

Michael is generally a bright lad, but this was plainly a stroke of genius. So, after a bit of thought as to which of the books would be most fun to showcase, and a chat with enthusiastic author Mark Lardas, we decided to let you in on the secrets of how one particular New Vanguard is created.

Right now, NVG 238: Seaplane and Aircraft Carriers of World War I is nothing but a page in the Osprey database, an ISBN, and a contract. But if all goes to plan, in exactly 691 days’ time she will slide gracefully off the stocks, down the slipway, to bob around tantalisingly in a bookshop near you. And between then and now we’ll be documenting what we do, in the world of authors, artists and editors, to create a New Vanguard.

The process of making a book can be messy at times, and there’s always the risk that something will go pop. Anyone who had hoped to buy a copy of COM 63: Aichi 99 Kanbaku 'Val' Units back in 2006 will know what I’m talking about. But the end result should be appetizing, and whatever happens along the way, you’ll get to see it – pretty much as it happens.

To kick off the story, Mark is going to explain what’s happened to get us this far. How he came up with the original idea for the book, and how the idea grew into a New Vanguard proposal that we wanted to commission. Look out for it next week!

Next: The Life Cycle of an Osprey Series Book

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Paintybeard posted on 2 Nov 2014 17:49:00
FJ-1973; you have to remember that publishing is a very complex business, there are many factors that can make plans change and three months ahead is as much as it is reasonable to expect any publisher to risk naming a date. The fact of the matter is that Amazon is an enormous company, practically a monopoly in many aspects of retailing. With this advantage they are able to \"lean\" on smaller entities to try and get favourable conditions. This is why you see Osprey books being offered on Amazon at cheaper prices than Osprey can sell them on their own site. Amazon also use their strength to ask Osprey to give them advanced notice of the books they plan to publish. It is a good indication of what is planned, but as Osprey have often repeated, the only books that are guaranteed are the 3-month \"upcoming titles\" on this forum. So we all get excited by what amazon show, but don\'t be surprised if there are relays or cancellations.
Paintybeard posted on 2 Nov 2014 17:49:00
FJ-1973; you have to remember that publishing is a very complex business, there are many factors that can make plans change and three months ahead is as much as it is reasonable to expect any publisher to risk naming a date. The fact of the matter is that Amazon is an enormous company, practically a monopoly in many aspects of retailing. With this advantage they are able to \"lean\" on smaller entities to try and get favourable conditions. This is why you see Osprey books being offered on Amazon at cheaper prices than Osprey can sell them on their own site. Amazon also use their strength to ask Osprey to give them advanced notice of the books they plan to publish. It is a good indication of what is planned, but as Osprey have often repeated, the only books that are guaranteed are the 3-month \"upcoming titles\" on this forum. So we all get excited by what amazon show, but don\'t be surprised if there are delays or cancellations.
Paintybeard posted on 2 Nov 2014 17:49:00
FJ-1973; you have to remember that publishing is a very complex business, there are many factors that can make plans change and three months ahead is as much as it is reasonable to expect any publisher to risk naming a date. The fact of the matter is that Amazon is an enormous company, practically a monopoly in many aspects of retailing. With this advantage they are able to \"lean\" on smaller entities to try and get favourable conditions. This is why you see Osprey books being offered on Amazon at cheaper prices than Osprey can sell them on their own site. Amazon also use their strength to ask Osprey to give them advanced notice of the books they plan to publish. It is a good indication of what is planned, but as Osprey have often repeated, the only books that are guaranteed are the 3-month \"upcoming titles\" on this forum. So we all get excited by what amazon show, but don\'t be surprised if there are relays or cancellations.
Paintybeard posted on 2 Nov 2014 17:49:00
FJ-1973; you have to remember that publishing is a very complex business, there are many factors that can make plans change and three months ahead is as much as it is reasonable to expect any publisher to risk naming a date. The fact of the matter is that Amazon is an enormous company, practically a monopoly in many aspects of retailing. With this advantage they are able to \"lean\" on smaller entities to try and get favourable conditions. This is why you see Osprey books being offered on Amazon at cheaper prices than Osprey can sell them on their own site. Amazon also use their strength to ask Osprey to give them advanced notice of the books they plan to publish. It is a good indication of what is planned, but as Osprey have often repeated, the only books that are guaranteed are the 3-month \"upcoming titles\" on this forum. So we all get excited by what amazon show, but don\'t be surprised if there are delays or cancellations.
FJ-1973 posted on 2 Nov 2014 16:16:00
Good idea, shall follow!

I hope you will have better information on this site about books that shall be published in the future. Now there is only to pre-order 3 month, but what to look forward on 4 month! You had the information about
FJ-1973 posted on 2 Nov 2014 16:16:00
Good idea, shall follow!

I hope you will have better information on this site about books that shall be published in the future. Now there is only to pre-order 3 month, but what to look forward on 4 month! You had the information about
CMB posted on 29 Oct 2014 23:23:00
Will do.
Thanks Michael!
CMB posted on 29 Oct 2014 23:23:00
Will do.
Thanks Michael!
Il collezionista posted on 29 Oct 2014 19:41:00
It\'s too much if we want to know also the other 4 titles?
Osprey fans are curious!
Il collezionista posted on 29 Oct 2014 19:41:00
It\'s too much if we want to know also the other 4 titles?
Osprey fans are curious!
ShalimarTroy posted on 29 Oct 2014 11:13:00
I\'ll be watching that clock too. I have a bit more knowledge than some other fans at the inner workings of Osprey, having actually walked the hollowed halls. I can imagine some of the stickier points along the path of publication. Looking forward to hearing of the adventure.
ShalimarTroy posted on 29 Oct 2014 11:13:00
I\'ll be watching that clock too. I have a bit more knowledge than some other fans at the inner workings of Osprey, having actually walked the hollowed halls. I can imagine some of the stickier points along the path of publication. Looking forward to hearing of the adventure.
Michael Kazich @ Osprey posted on 29 Oct 2014 08:55:00
CMB - You\'ll find out in due course...Keep an eye out for info from Mark Lardas next week!
Michael K @Osprey posted on 29 Oct 2014 08:55:00
CMB - You\'ll find out in due course...Keep an eye out for info from Mark Lardas next week!
Paintybeard posted on 29 Oct 2014 06:40:00
Good idea. I shall be watching the clock. Now we just have to try and wheedle the other 4 titles out of you.
Paintybeard posted on 29 Oct 2014 06:40:00
Good idea. I shall be watching the clock. Now we just have to try and wheedle the other 4 titles out of you.
CMB posted on 29 Oct 2014 02:56:00
Oh, nice!
I\'m glad to hear about this, as I\'m currently reading Paul Halpern\'s naval history of WW I, which mentions seaplane carriers. Will you be looking at the carriers of all nations?
CMB posted on 29 Oct 2014 02:56:00
Oh, nice!
I\'m glad to hear about this, as I\'m currently reading Paul Halpern\'s naval history of WW I, which mentions seaplane carriers. Will you be looking at the carriers of all nations?

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