The Scottish Boy

By Alex de Campi

A violent, sexy thriller about a 14th century English knight and his Scottish prisoner, by bestselling writer Alex de Campi and with illustrations by Trungles.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Just finished making the history ‘zine...

...and I feel this is vindication for all of you who were like “we want it to be digital” because... after having put in a ton of colour images and maps and manuscript illustrations, I’ve realized that yes, you were right, it works best as digital because then you can see all those lovely images clearly and easily.

It also turned into a 65-page A5 book, because; lots of images, and I used a fairly large typeface and line spacing so it would be easy to read on tablet as a PDF. And, uh, because I kept adding stuff. (Look, you couldn’t ask me to leave out Henry III’’s elephant! The story of which I actually did not recount in detail, more of a drive-by, because it wasn’t really relevant to The Scottish Boy. But! Here’’s the elephant, as drawn by the monk Matthew Paris:)

So, all this is a long-winded way of saying I’m planning to distribute the history zine as digital-only. If you’re upset not to get a printed version, please let me know by commenting or messaging and I will work something out.


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william dunbar
 william dunbar says:

'I'm planning to distribute the history zine as digital- only.' ........... No idea what that means. I was hoping to eventually receive a book I can sit in my garden and read ?

posted 4th May 2020

Alex de Campi
 Alex de Campi says:

Hi William! I’m sorry to be unclear. Backers to the hardback level and above are still absolutely getting a printed copy of the novel! They’re all in the warehouse now and will be shipped out very soon!

A few backers at higher pledge levels will also receive an author’s notes / historical companion to the novel, which is the thing I was referring to here that will be digital — not the novel itself. I obviously have my head too far in the weeds of this project at the moment!

posted 4th May 2020

Barbara Benesch-Granberg
 Barbara Benesch-Granberg says:

Gah!! I KNEW I was going to regret not pledging at the level where I could get the 'zine!! I don't suppose there's any way to add it on to our existing pledges still????

posted 5th May 2020

Alex de Campi
 Alex de Campi says:

Barbara: as it’s a digital reward now, Unbound should be able to add it on. You’ll have to contact someone at Unbound support / customer service — let me know how it goes. If you have any trouble, I’ll see what I can do from my end.

posted 5th May 2020

Tobias Vargrim
 Tobias Vargrim says:

Hi, I'm so excited about this zine! I have a hard time reading digital pdfs though. Would the formatting allow me to print, fold, and staple it at home and still be able to read it easily? Or would you be able to email me a version with the pages in the right order for printing?

posted 18th May 2020

Alex de Campi
 Alex de Campi says:

Hi Tobias! Sorry for my late reply. I’ve used a larger than normal text font and line spacing in the PDF because I hate squinting at PDFs too, so that may help. As for printing, you should be able to print it out at home and staple it (it is quite long, I’m sorry) but it may take some fiddling with print settings to get it to print two sheets of A5 side by side on one sheet of A4, rather than just one sheet of A5 centered in A4. A lot of the images are in colour, but if you don’t want to trash your printer’s ink reserves you might be able to set it to black and white and then look at just the images on screen.

posted 26th May 2020

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