The realisation of a lifetime dream.

06th May 2012
Friday the 4th May 2012
The day starts with excited anticipation (not that we slept much) - the time has arrived for our first book to hit the press. The team at Gomer in Llandysul have rather bravely agreed that we can go and see it being printed: this is largely due to Tracey's powers of persuasion based on the years she spent running reprographics bureaux for a few large litho printers in the South East- she talks the lingo (print-speak, that is, not Welsh).

We leave Briar Ridge at 7.15am and arrive at Llandysul at 10.30 (via The Hive cafe in the delightful seaside town of Aberaeron). We're greeted by the ever-patient and uber-helpful Pit Dafs (I think that might be Pete Davies in English) who has been instrumental in getting our book to this stage.

He introduces us to a few other people in the offices, shows us their latest acquisition, a Heidelberg Platesetter, which lasers the plates to go onto the actual printing press. Tracey, Pit and John babble excitedly on about this machine, which apparently is about quarter of the size of the one Tracey used to run, whilst I look on and smile politely whenever it seems appropriate. I AM excited, I just don't understand what the hell they are on about!

Andy is waiting for us on the press: first few copies of the dust jacket for The Wicked Wood are sitting there waiting for our approval. Not sure who is more nervous - us or them! A very emotional moment for Tracey and I, and we are both holding back tears as we give the okay for Andy to hit the print button for the 1,250 copies we have ordered.

We are subsequently allowed to watch the whole book being printed, and apart from a minor panic when we think the pages are out of order(which, of course, they are not!) this is thoroughly enjoyable. I am amazed at the speed with which all 80 pages (x 1,250) pile up on pallets, ready to go on to the next stage tomorrow and be folded.

We cannot thank the guys and girls enough at Gomer for making us so welcome and allowing us to see our book come to life. An amazing day, and a dream come true.

Hilary x

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