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How to score a photobook publishing deal

Securing a photo book deal with a major trade publisher is rare but Australian animal photographer, Peter Sharp, did just that. Here he shares his experience for others to learn how to pitch, negotiate and navigate a photo book deal of their own.

Peter Sharp is a Sydney photographer who has printed albums for his animal portrait photography business with Momento Pro for many years. When he shared his desire to publish a photo book, we recognised that his project had legs due it accessible and popular subject matter.

We advised on how he could self publish his book, and also put him in touch with local publishers, professional designers and industry experts. In October 2018 he scored a major publishing deal for Lost but Found, and he kindly shares the details of successfully securing and navigating his way through below.

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Photo books for fine art photographers

New Zealand portrait and fine art photographer explains how she created a limited edition album, softcover photo book and greeting card series for an exhibition catalogue, and to share her work with a larger audience. Read on to learn about photo book editing, pricing and sales.

Catherine Cattanach is a Wellington-based portrait photographer, wife, mother and coffee aficionado, who was named NZIPP Wellington Photographer of the Year 2018 and NZ Creative Photographer of the Year in 2016. Recently she ventured into the world of photo book creation with two stunning publications Eryngyium and Homage. In her interview she reveals the process and valuable lessons from her experience.

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How to self publish a photo book in the Antipodes

Momento Pro has learnt a lot about the ins and outs of publishing a photo book over the last 15 years, and now we’ve summarised the main points in this blog post, along with links to further information. To make your book a reality, read on …

Momento Pro has spent 15 years immersed in photo book printing, learning about people’s publishing experiences in Australia and New Zealand, and making friends with all the services that can help make your book a success.

We’ve also hosted photo book awards since 2011 which give us unique insight and statistics into antipodean photo book publications. In this blog post we share our findings in a simple guide that includes data, questions and topics for you to consider before publishing your photo book.

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Photo book design tips from design experts

In this blog post we’ve collected design tips from local and international photo book creators, and some photo book design theory, to help you do your photographs justice. The focus is not on ‘commercially successful’ design but on design that is fit for the purpose of the book whether it be a personal photo project, a self published book, an artist book or other.

Great layout and page design is not intuitive, a fact that has been proven by thousands of books that have passed through Momento’s print facility. We see many good designs but many would also benefit from using a few design fundamentals.

While photographers are more visually literate than most, the ability to compose within the frame of a photograph doesn’t always translate to composition within the frame of a double page spread, but if you want to create the most effective photo book, good design is critical. Depending on the purpose and budget for your book you can choose to design it yourself, or seek assistance from a professional. In either case, the design should always be driven by the purpose and intention of your book.

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