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Royal Holloway's Emporium

Welcome to Royal Holloway, University of London's Creative Writing Anthology, The Emporium: a Treasury of Creativity. Inside are the imaginative works of the graduating class of 2015. Delve into the thrillers, the love-sick, the angst and the revolutions of our minds.

Methodology

The Emporium: A Treasure of Creativity came about after a few glasses of wine on a couch between two english students who wanted to do more with their degree. To push the limits of what they have learned and to accomplish the dream of any creative writing student before they graduate: to become published.

Self publishing is a massive, growing industry with unique potential. Though this project did not push the boundaries of the publishing format, it did push our skills and talents.

The goal with the Emporium was to provide a professionally compiled, beautiful anthology for the Creative Writing graduating class of 2015. Our intention was to have the tradition pass on from graduating class to graduating class, and though the publication was a success and a copy of our anthology sits in the bookcase of published works by Royal Holloway staff and alumni, the tradition unfortunately did not live on.

The Emporium: A Treasure of Creativity is therefore a single edition publication unique to Royal Holloway, University of London. Created, compiled, and edited by Cassandra Kosmayer and Sophie Goodall, it will forever remain a highlight and a proud accomplishment.

Project Proposal

In order to acquire the support the managing staff of the English and Creative Writing departments a project proposal was created. Within this proposal the cover page, layouts, and costings were provided.

Costings and Logistics

Multiple self-publishing avenues were researched for quality and budgeting purposes. In the end Amazon’s on-demand self-publishing platform CreateSpace was chosen as it provided us with the ability to officially publish the anthology and print physical copies at cost.

Budget was created based on the cost of CreateSpace’s services based on volume of copies. In the end it was agreed that every graduate who contributed their work would receive one copy, and that the department would keep two. The overall budget was minimal and covered by the English department.

Cover Creation

To create the cover an image of Royal Holloway, University of London was sourced from the university’s website and sized to the aspect ratio of a standard sized book. Using the image as a source guide, vectors were then created with the Magnetic Lasso Tool to transform the image from a photograph to an artistic representation using triangular geometric abstraction.

Font was sourced and copy was created and added to the cover of the anthology. The logo was created by compiling multiple layers of sourced vector images found with creative commons licenses.

Page Layout Creation

Typesetting was created within Adobe InDesign. Page layouts were created for:

  1. Author Pages
  2. Fiction Pages
  3. Poetry Pages
  4. Screenwriting Pages
  5. Letter from the Department

Website Design and Creation

To provide graduate writers with an easy system to submit content for their author page and their fiction, screenwriting, or poetry piece an online portal was created and several accounts for file acquisition were made.

The website was created with WordPress.com with a free theme customized to provide students with a professional environment in which they can learn about the project and what they need to do to be a part of it.

Sourcing Content from Graduates

An author form, with prompts for name, speciality, and a short bio was created using an online free tool. The information from here was used to fill author pages. To advertise these services the department sent out multiple emails to graduating students.

Once the content was acquired Sophie Goodall edited and compiled the content into the anthology.

 Obtaining Special Messages from Staff

We had the staff create a personal message to the graduating class of 2015 as a touching farewell to their students. This was formatted and included at the beginning of the anthology.

Publishing Using Amazon CreateSpace

Using online tutorials and Amazon CreateSpace’s intuitive interface the project was uploaded and published. Upon publishing the department ordered copies of the anthology and the books were printed on demand and shipped to the English Department where they were handed out to graduates on their graduation day.

The Emporium: A Treasure of Creativity came about after a few glasses of wine on a couch between two english students who wanted to do more with their degree. To push the limits of what they have learned and to accomplish the dream of any creative writing student before they graduate: to become published.

Self publishing is a massive, growing industry with unique potential. Though this project did not push the boundaries of the publishing format, it did push our skills and talents.

The goal with the Emporium was to provide a professionally compiled, beautiful anthology for the Creative Writing graduating class of 2015. Our intention was to have the tradition pass on from graduating class to graduating class, and though the publication was a success and a copy of our anthology sits in the bookcase of published works by Royal Holloway staff and alumni, the tradition unfortunately did not live on.

The Emporium: A Treasure of Creativity is therefore a single edition publication unique to Royal Holloway, University of London. Created, compiled, and edited by Cassandra Kosmayer and Sophie Goodall, it will forever remain a highlight and a proud accomplishment.

The Authors

Cassandra Kosmayer

Cassandra Kosmayer handled the design elements of the project. Creating the cover, page layouts, website, contact forms and final publication of the project with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, CMS, Contact Forms, and CreateSpace.

Sophie Goodall

Sophie Goodall founded the idea for the anthology and worked to compile and edit the graduate work’s for any errors, with particular focus on the author pages. As one of the main points of contact with the English Department she worked to bring the project to life.

Cassandra

Cassandra Kosmayer

Cassandra Kosmayer handled the design elements of the project. Creating the cover, page layouts, website, contact forms and final publication of the project with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, CMS, Contact Forms, and CreateSpace.

Sophie

Sophie Goodall

Sophie Goodall founded the idea for the anthology and worked to compile and edit the graduate work’s for any errors, with particular focus on the author pages. As one of the main points of contact with the English Department she worked to bring the project to life.

Project Proposal

In order to acquire the support the managing staff of the English and Creative Writing departments a project proposal was created. Within this proposal the cover page, layouts, and costings were provided.

Costings and Logistics

Multiple self-publishing avenues were researched for quality and budgeting purposes. In the end Amazon’s on-demand self-publishing platform CreateSpace was chosen as it provided us with the ability to officially publish the anthology and print physical copies at cost.

Budget was created based on the cost of CreateSpace’s services based on volume of copies. In the end it was agreed that every graduate who contributed their work would receive one copy, and that the department would keep two. The overall budget was minimal and covered by the English department.

Cover Creation

To create the cover an image of Royal Holloway, University of London was sourced from the university’s website and sized to the aspect ratio of a standard sized book. Using the image as a source guide, vectors were then created with the Magnetic Lasso Tool to transform the image from a photograph to an artistic representation using triangular geometric abstraction.

Font was sourced and copy was created and added to the cover of the anthology. The logo was created by compiling multiple layers of sourced vector images found with creative commons licenses.

Page Layout Creation

Typesetting was created within Adobe InDesign. Page layouts were created for:

  1. Author Pages
  2. Fiction Pages
  3. Poetry Pages
  4. Screenwriting Pages
  5. Letter from the Department

Website Design and Creation

To provide graduate writers with an easy system to submit content for their author page and their fiction, screenwriting, or poetry piece an online portal was created and several accounts for file acquisition were made.

The website was created with WordPress.com with a free theme customized to provide students with a professional environment in which they can learn about the project and what they need to do to be a part of it.

Sourcing Content from Graduates

An author form, with prompts for name, speciality, and a short bio was created using an online free tool. The information from here was used to fill author pages. To advertise these services the department sent out multiple emails to graduating students.

Once the content was acquired Sophie Goodall edited and compiled the content into the anthology.

Obtaining Special Messages from Staff

We had the staff create a personal message to the graduating class of 2015 as a touching farewell to their students. This was formatted and included at the beginning of the anthology.

Publishing Using Amazon CreateSpace

Using online tutorials and Amazon CreateSpace’s intuitive interface the project was uploaded and published. Upon publishing the department ordered copies of the anthology and the books were printed on demand and shipped to the English Department where they were handed out to graduates on their graduation day.

Available on Amazon

Royal Holloway’s Emporium: A Graduate Anthology is available for print on demand and is fulfilled by Amazon.


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