Bapton Books

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Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
Today, the partners in Bapton Books: Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss: answer some questions.

MSP: Carefully.
GMWW: (Don't be an ass, old man.) But, yes: One approaches cover design with respect. It's the first-footing, really, isn't it. And genres of course have certain expectations in cover design. The thing to do with that, naturally, is to meet those expectations ... with a twist of originality.
MSP: Yes.... On the other hand, with books increasingly sold - I mean books on dead tree as well as e-books - over the Interwebs as well as in brick and mortar shops, a cover design has to work - and work legibly - online and in thumbnail, as well as on the actual hard copy.
GMWW: Oh, quite. And fiction, particularly, has its conventions that do drive sales. For example, the first novel in a series may have the title at the head, the series name as a slug, and the author's name at the foot; but subsequent entries in the series are well advised to put the author's name and the series slug at the head. People want 'the latest [Author Name]', not 'New Title I can't quite recall, love...'.
MSP: So, yes, tread right carefully. It matters.
What's the story behind your next collaboration?
MSP: War, and the pity of war - I trust you recognise the quotation.
GMWW: After all, it's to be 2014 in a few days. That is rather an obvious centenary.
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Crafts and Assaults: Two Uncanny Tales for the Season
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 28, 2014 by Bapton Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss are Bapton Books’ noted historians; critics; and annotators of classic works, who – on a seasonal wager as their coming history of the July Crisis of 1914 was wrapping up – decided to reward their loyal readers with a story apiece, as ‘unco’ uncanny’ as they felt they wished to be. Prepare to leave the lamps on when you try to go to sleep.
Freedom, Fascists, Fools, & Frauds: Bapton Books Position Papers and Other Critical Pieces, 2011 – 2014
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Series: Bapton Books Position Papers, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,890. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 28, 2014 by Bapton Books. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
Free speech, free minds ... the assault is unremitting on these liberties. The partners in Bapton Books have a few words on that, and a Classical Liberal perspective on fighting back.
Cross and Poppy: A Village Tale
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Series: Village Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 12, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
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The Woolfonts are the prettiest and most placid villages in England. There's the duke, who's more than the comedian he likes to play at being; retired celebrities; real ale; and an all-conquering local XI. All they want is a new Rector. And they get him. No one anticipates that crime, love, and sacrifice shall play out, between the sun of the Summer fete and the poppies of Remembrance Sunday.
The Complete Mowgli Stories, Duly Annotated
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Series: Bapton Books Annotated Classics. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,760. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
The stories that concern Mowgli’s adventures have been collected, placed in their internal chronological order, and annotated in this volume by the historians GMW Wemyss and Markham Shaw Pyle. Prefatory essays and over three hundred and fifty footnotes accompany the text, delving into history, geography, ethnology, Imperial politics, and much else beside.
The Annotated Wind in the Willows, for Adults and Sensible Children (or, possibly, Children and Sensible Adults)
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Series: Bapton Books Annotated Classics. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,030. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 5, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
An annotated edition of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of the middle Thames, the Wild Wood and River Bank, and the incorrigible Mr Toad; made richer yet by historical and literary cross-references by two historians who have loved the book all their lives long. Contains almost 350 footnotes and critical insights.
Benevolent Designs: The Countess and the General: George Washington, Selina Countess of Huntingdon, their correspondence, & the evangelizing of America
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Series: Bapton Books History Selections. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,520. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
The correspondence between Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, the Methodist sponsor, and her distant cousin George Washington in the 1780s shaped American immigration policy, the Westward Expansion, attitudes towards slavery and Native American rights, and religious pluralism. This is its history, in context.
"Fools, Drunks, and the United States": August 12, 1941
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Series: Bapton Books History Selections. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,790. Language: American English. Published: February 15, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
This is the story of America on August 12, 1941, four months before Pearl Harbor. Isolationism was still strong, FDR was hammering out the Atlantic Charter with Churchill (to the fury of America Firsters), the Japanese were ready to kick off a war, most Americans were more interested in baseball and radio shows than in a distant conflict, and Congress decided to keep the draft - by one vote.
When That Great Ship Went Down: The Legal and Political Repercussions of the Loss of RMS Titanic
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Series: Bapton Books History Selections. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,400. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 16, 2013 by Bapton Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
The celebrated history of the aftermath, in the US Congress, the US Supreme Court, and the Parliament of the United Kingdom, of the sinking of the unsinkable ship. Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss examine the political pressures and dirty deals that affected the Titanic enquiries, wrote new law, and changed our world.
Sensible Places: Essays on Place, Time, & Countryside
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 18, 2012 by Bapton Books. Category: Essay » Literature
The countryman's calendar; life in sprung rhythm. The West Country's beloved essayist writes of his countryside, of chalk streams, white horses and ancient henges, eccentric neighbours, village life, village cricket, and Evensong. An instant country classic.
37: The Year of Portent
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Series: Bapton Books History Selections. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 18, 2012 by Bapton Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
1937 – from the flooded Ohio to the new Golden Gate Bridge, from bombed Guernica to newly-opened Buchenwald to the Rape of Nanking – was a year of portent. Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss, the celebrated historians of the Titanic enquiries and of the coming of the Second World War, here survey that dread year, from Tolkien and Disney to war and terror. This is history in the grand manner.


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