Would you pre-order a book?

Coco at the exhibition meeting

Coco at the exhibition meeting

Above is a pic of Coco at her first ever meeting – she was invited to attend because she’ll probably be doing something (TBD) at the Museum of Sydney when the exhibition of 52 Suburbs Around the World opens in a few months time.

It’s all go with getting everything ready for said exhibition and I so hope you’ll be there on the opening day – Saturday July 20, at 11.30am. I’ll be giving a talk as I did with the first exhibition before we’ll go up to the space. It’s going to be pretty amazing to see all those faces and places from right around the world in one room. Please put it in your dairy if you can make it.

So that’s the exhibition.

In other breaking news, Kickstarter rewards will be going out in the next week or so – and they’re looking pretty snazzy.

Now, on to the book front, I was bowled over by your response to my last post, when I asked you all if a, you wanted a book, and b, what some of your favourite images were.

I loved hearing which images appealed but I was so excited to hear that so many of you wanted a book. We all went on that journey together and I for one can’t bear the thought of there not being a book so we can do it all again, as many times as we wish.

In an ideal world, I would ‘ta da’ you with the finished book in a few months and all would be swell.

But as it happens, it’s not going to be that easy.

I’ve been busy getting quotes and it turns out that the only way I’m going to be able to self-publish is if people pre-order the book.

The easiest way to do that is through another crowd funding campaign.

So my next question to you guys is, what do you think, would you be happy pre-ordering a book through a crowd-funding campaign?

The book will obviously be very much based on the blog and I will also include some sample spreads in the crowd funding campaign to give you an idea of the book design. Ie Even though you’d be pre-ordering, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what the book will look like.



 • A larger format – 260mm x 240mm – which will allow the images to really sing

 • Hard cover

 • Around 330 pages with more than 600 colour photos – so quite chunky

 • $79 (I have tried hard to reduce this. I experimented with a smaller book, less images – but I believe we really need the number of images we have.)

• A small run – this book will be a limited edition

My aim is to make this book beautiful and joyous, fun and full of heart – because that’s what the whole project was like. While I’ve been waiting to get quotes, I’ve been busy working on the book with a designer – and I’m absolutely loving the way it’s looking. The larger format is exciting to work with and the images look amazing. As much as they work in the small size they are on the blog page, to see them that much bigger is just fantastic.

I’m also adding a ‘behind the scenes’ aspect to this book that wasn’t in the last book and nor in the blog, to give you more insight into what happened in the moments leading up to various shots –eg that amazing woman in Istanbul with the green eyes.

Basically I’m pouring my heart and soul into this book, more so than I did with the first book to be honest, which was really just the blog in book format. This one will have all that but it will be more special, more intimate somehow.

But look, please don’t feel under any pressure – I won’t hold you to it if you say yes now and decide later not to! I’m just really keen to test the waters on this before I launch into the crowd funding exercise.

As confident as I am about making this book as amazing as it can be, I have to admit, self-publishing is a big deal. But I’m kind of feeling the fear and doing it anyway – this book has just got to see the light of day!

Anyway, please let me know what you think, would you be happy to pre-order a book? A simple yay or nay will suffice (of course feel free to elaborate, I do like it when you elaborate!)


PS If you are an existing Kickstarter supporter, all Rewards will be delivered before I launch this second crowd funding – it would be too cheeky to ask for your support again before rewarding you for your first wonderful act of support.

  1. Sarah Anderson says:

    Yes! I have your first book and do love it so would be keen to see the bigger & better version you’re dreaming up!

  2. Lesley Unsworth says:

    Yes I would be interested…:) what a lovely book it will be

  3. Suey says:

    Yay, absolutely. I do love a limited edition. Bring forth the book into the light of day.

  4. donna says:

    Absolutely 100% behind you self publishing – happy to pre-order …can’t wait.

  5. Steve says:

    I’ll definitely pre-order a book. Can’t wait!

  6. india flint says:

    240 cm x 260cm translates as 2.4metres x 2.6 metres

    a typo? or a book you can really get in to…


    • Louise says:

      That would be big! Thanks for spotting that, have corrected it.

  7. Chaitanya says:

    yay….unquestionably and without fail…
    happy and keen to pre-order
    best wishes

  8. Campbell says:

    I would definitely pre order a book. But one thing – I’m guessing you mean 260x240mm, not cm. A book that’s taller and wider than most humans might be a bit of a pain to ship!

    • Louise says:

      Ha ha! Yes, well spotted. Just keeping you guys on your toes… have revised it now.

  9. Frank says:

    Yep absolutely if you promise to go to Sri Lanka on the next exercise. Seriously would l Ilove it. Go Girl!

    • Louise says:

      Oh Sri Lanka. I came so close to including that on the list. I’d absolutely love to go there so yes, if there’s another round-the-world one (yikes) Sri Lanka will be there.

  10. Ali says:

    YAY! Will definitely pre-order

  11. Kate Croucher says:

    Yes – absolutely!!
    Love your work

  12. Gretel says:

    Yes :-)
    What a treasure Coco’s photo is above!!

  13. Christine says:

    I’m in :)

  14. David M says:

    Yes Please. Would definitely love one !!!!

  15. Belinda says:

    Absolutely yes :)

  16. Kate says:

    Yes – sounds great.

  17. gill says:

    YES! of course!! Can’t wait to see it and will try for the MOS too

  18. Jane says:


  19. Tony says:

    Yep, for sure.

  20. di says:

    Wow, thats a BIG book!

    • Louise says:

      Funny! As I said, I was just making sure people were awake. Turns out they are.

  21. Melissa says:

    100% absolutely definitely positively yes! Love your work & I have the 1st book. Would even buy 2 to give one as a gift

  22. Bradley Jackson says:

    I’ll definitely be buying your new book as I have the first and it has inspired my own photography. I am happy to pre-order. Cheers Louise.

  23. Jenny says:

    I would SO order a book!

  24. Kim says:

    Would love to pre-order one.

  25. terri says:

    yes i will pre-order – it will be a nice gift for myself!

  26. Nikki says:

    Yes… it would complete the journey from blog to paper… and sit quite nicely on the bookshelf with 52 Surburbs of Sydney.

  27. Robin says:

    Yes Please!

  28. Jodie says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Would definitely pre-order a book! Or two. Would even pay extra for a signed copy!! Just a sneaky suggestion there! Over-complicating the process do I hear you say? Fair enough!!

  29. Marcelo Hofmeister says:

    Absolutely yes!

  30. Irma says:


  31. Sean says:

    Definite yes!

  32. Amy says:


  33. Jason says:

    Count me in! =)

  34. Karla says:

    Yes from me, it sounds amazing.

  35. Amanda says:

    YES to the book!

    I was actually thinking of flying up to Sydney for the Opening – but I have plans here in Melbourne and will be overseas for the next two weeks after that :( How long will the exhibition be open for? Really want to see the pictures in real life! Any chance of getting to meet you another time there?

    • Louise says:

      The exhibition is on until late November so plenty of time to have a squizz. If you can make it up just give me a hoy and I’ll meet you there!

  36. Nicole says:

    I would pre-order a book too.

  37. Elowyn says:

    Yes please!!

  38. nicole says:

    You bet!

  39. Mary says:

    Abso-bloody-lutely. Love your work!

  40. Catherine says:


  41. Chantal says:

    Yes, yes, yes! Maybe even 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 !!!

  42. Heather says:

    yes to at least 1 book!

  43. bronwyn says:

    Hi Louise. I love your work. Love it. But I can’t promise to buy the next book as I have 3 kids under 5 who destroyed your first book with that stencilly cover and I have no time to put my feet up and enjoy all these beautiful coffee table books I already own. BUT I am in the middle of self publishing a book too, just wanted to share that with you, yes, it’s daunting, but possible. I just wanted to tell you get in touch with Vivid Publishing if you’re not sure where to start, and tell them you want to self publish, they can hold your hand at times (registering with national library etc). I also have a good new contact who liaises with China based printers. Good luck with the project. I’ll try and come to the exhibition – the opening sounds fun. Kids are dying to jump on the train for a city excursion (we live in the Blue Mountains). BTW, do we get to select our reward image?

    • Louise says:

      I’m choosing the reward image so no, you don’t need to do anything. And I totally understand you can’t commit to a book, no dramas (but the cover with this one, by the way, will be hard cover, kid-resistant – to a point!) And thanks for the info on self-publishing. I wish you the best with your one too.

  44. Nat says:

    Oh yes!! Without a second thought

  45. Kylie says:

    Absolutely Louise.

  46. Jo says:


  47. Bev says:

    Would definitely pre-order, no hesitation.

  48. Eliza says:

    Oui oui m’lady! Oui oui oui! Can’t wait. You are the best! Xe

  49. Red peony says:


  50. Andrée Lawrey says:

    Yes! Definitely! Can’t wait…

  51. Richard Ure says:

    Are you considering an ebook version? Your new book deals with the world outside Oz (your blog has been praised on TripAdvisor). Check out current postage costs from Australia. Australia Post is doing what it can to put exporters out of business as international postal agreements oblige it to deliver inwards international mail at no cost to the originating postal service and it tries to compensate by hitting outwards mail.

    • Louise says:

      I am thinking upon it, yes. It would definitely make it easier for people overseas to get a copy, agreed.

  52. Vivian says:

    Of course I would pre-order – no question. Hope to get to MOS too!

  53. Aimée says:

    Yes, would pre-order…self-publish and manifest your vision for this new book. Cheers!

  54. Kylie says:

    He’ll yeah! And merchandise too.

  55. Joyce says:

    It’s a yes for me , cannot wait to relive the adventures.

  56. Tash says:

    I would have no problems with pre ordering your lovely book.

  57. Liz says:

    Yes, I would pre order a book and can work out the logistics of getting it to Bangkok when the time comes, maybe our friend Gay will do a Sydney run around that time : )

    • Louise says:

      She’s threatening to :)

  58. Claire Lloyd says:

    I would LOVE one

  59. Joel says:

    I would. =)

  60. Jo says:

    Absolutely yes to pre ordering your book. And your opening is on my birthday, so I have 2 good reasons to fly to Sydney for it…fingers crossed :)

    • Louise says:

      Sounds like a plan!

  61. Jo says:

    I would definitely pre-order a book!!! So looking forward to it!

  62. Di. Beachtropic says:

    Yes Louise, you know I will. Xx

  63. Lisette says:

    Count me in, especially if shipping overseas is made possible!

  64. Ray Cooper says:

    Put me down for at least two copies, one for me & one for my local library.

  65. Samantha Odegbaro says:

    Yes, would love to buy your book, not only for the beautiful photos but also to support you for being so brave in what you have done.

  66. Janie says:

    Yes to the book and will try to come to the opening in July as well

  67. Jackie Nolan says:

    Yes, I would pre-order the larger version. A coffee
    table book/conversation piece would be good. It
    was a superb effort and deserves to be recorded
    this way. Looking forward to the exhibition. I would
    also like to purchase additional copies for friends
    as a present.
    Jackie Nolan

  68. Sian says:

    Definitely! As long as it could be sent to the UK! Good luck…

  69. Jodi says:

    I’d buy two copies

  70. CLAIRE LLOYD says:

    Definately count me in I’d LOVE one!

  71. Jude Pettitt says:

    A definite yes.

  72. Tony says:


  73. Chris says:

    yes I would buy the book – I’ve really enjoyed the blog but it would be great to have something hardcopy

  74. Kaz says:

    Yes! Definitely yes!

  75. Anna says:

    Mais bien sŭr OUI !
    And I’d like a “like” button to show support for all the positive comments and encouragement above too : )
    Brava Louise!

  76. Peter says:

    Yes please!

  77. yani says:

    I really wish I could come to the exhibition when it opens… I think I just missed out on the last one.

    And yes, I’d definitely preorder a book.

  78. debbie cluer says:

    I have the first book and would love the new one too
    can’t wait

  79. Mathieu says:

    That’s a no brainer!
    That’s an excellent idea. I’ve been religiously following your endeavour and really look forward to see your book!

  80. Catharine says:

    I’m in!

  81. Toni Mostyn says:

    Yes, I would definitely preorder the book.

  82. Nancy says:

    Yes absolutely ! X

  83. Giovanni says:

    Yes! I appreciate! I’m in!

  84. Deanna says:

    Yes :)

  85. Caroline says:

    Yes. Count me in :)

  86. Alison Cardinale says:

    I would pre-order. Looking forward to the book!

  87. Lisa says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!!

  88. Jo says:

    Completely sold – especially given the added ‘behind the scenes’ aspect… Obsessed with our adventure and framing of it! Plus photos and books are the greatest of friends… Add me xx

  89. Anna Sticklebricks says:

    Yes, definitely YES to pre-ordering the book. Sounds very exciting! Looking forward to seeing the exhibition too. :-)

  90. Annie Welch says:

    A great idea Louise – we have your first book and look forward to seeing the new one.

  91. Eric says:

    Count me in! Loved your first book and looking forward to this one!

  92. Sophie says:

    Yes I would, if overseas shipping is possible!

  93. Lisa says:

    Yes please. I’ll preorder two copies.

  94. Lisa says:

    Yes please. I’ll take 2 copies

  95. Chris Macdonald says:

    Yes please I’ll order one!

  96. Mary K. says:

    At least one for the coffee table!!

  97. Kim says:

    Yes especially if the Rome photos appear. They are really inspirational.

  98. Catherine says:

    Definitely, in fact probably two. Also hope to make it to MOS in July.

  99. Jan says:

    Just can’t wait Louise. 2 please!!

  100. mimi says:

    yes, I would order one if it can be shipped to US.

  101. maggie bernaldo says:

    Louise – yes I’d be thrilled to have a copy & quite happy to preorder – definitely 1 and maybe 2. Maggie

  102. Will C says:

    yup…ship to the US?

  103. Peter McConnochie says:

    I will definitely order a book – I feel a need to continue my love of the project and a book will be great inspiration!

    Put me down for a definite 1 and if I can afford it I’ll buy 2!

  104. Ben Cornish says:

    Yes. Absolutely. I would order at least two copies of the book as various members of my family across the country loved your first book and then followed your blog ‘committedly’ as you travelled around the world.

  105. Gillian May says:

    Yes, I would order for myself…but would love to talk about events in store to support retail sales. You spoke about 52 Suburbs at our store in Mona Vale. Now we are holding regular events in our Paddington store as well.

    • Louise says:

      Hi Gillian, I remember giving that talk of course. And yes, I’d be very happy to do another. I’ll email you.

  106. Jose says:

    Yes! Love the blog and looking forward to the book. Any maths as to the shipping and handling cost to New York? Thanks.

  107. Lisa Claridge says:

    Hi Louise.
    Yes! Yes! Yes!
    Pre-order and pre-pay if you like. No dramas, just say how much and when.
    Am planning on going over to Sydney for the opening, but I live in W.A, and my parents will be visiting from Tasmania at that time so have to try to work something out.
    Even though I only know you from another life time in Hong Kong, when we were about 7/8 yrs old, I’m so proud of what you have achieved, and so glad to have been a part of it in some small way.

  108. Jen Humphries says:

    Yes, I be keen for a copy! Absolutely love your photography!

  109. Diane says:

    Yes but more so if there is an E-book version available too.

  110. Michael says:

    Me too, both a hard copy (CM version be fun!) and an eBook. Mx

  111. Susie says:

    Yep, I’m in.

  112. Chaitanya says:

    love your work,…looking forward to getting more details on the book

  113. Sheila says:

    Yes indeed. Would prepay too.

  114. Ngaire Astridge says:

    Yes would love to preorder your book!!! Loved your last one, so would love to add to my collection!!!

  115. Mike reed says:

    Yes I would pre order book

  116. Gaylee says:

    Hello luvy, you know I will!
    Would like visit to not be an idle one…..must decide soon if I can make the opening. We shall talk. Yes!

  117. Jess says:


  118. Louise says:

    100% yes! Which reminds me someone borrowed my first one, so I must get it back.

  119. virendra kothari says:

    Yes – where do i sign?

  120. Helmut says:

    Of course, I’ll pre order one. As some mentioned an ebook: Wouldn’t prefer it alone (a real book is a real book – especially with photos) but a combination would be fine!

  121. Carolyn says:

    Yes please! I would love to have your book. I just love how you “see” things!

  122. Kate says:

    Count me in

  123. SarahN says:

    I wouldn’t buy one, but it’s not cause it’s not worth it or I don’t like your work. I’m just very minimalist, especially with books. BUT I would happily donate to a kickstarter campaign for no return/book etc. Sorry, I’m weird. Such is life! OH and your opening is in my calendar!

    • Louise says:

      Weird is good, don’t worry about that! And such great support, thank you.

  124. NICK MCLAREN says:

    Yes I will happily pre-order and book and show it off in Wollongong. Maybe the Wollongong Regional Art Gallery would be interested in promoting?

  125. Kathy says:

    Would definitely pre-order, if shipping to Germany is somehow possible and still affordable. Loved your photos of your blog and would love to see them in a book. Please keep us updated as always :)

  126. Anthony says:

    I’d definitely be up for a book. Not TOO large a format please as I have to be able to get it on a shelf. Living in Germany its always a bit offputting when postage costs more than the product! And without the ‘stencil-style’ thin cover of the first book (love the wonderful contents, am paranoid about the cover getting daggy almost instantly).
    I’m a sucker for a splash of bright colour on a monochrome/washed-out background. I love your juxtapositions of different images that can in some way be connected – I’m trying to learn from your example. Do you ‘pep up’ the colours in post-production – they often seem very saturated?
    Have you seen Hans Kemp’s ‘Bikes of Burden’?
    Cheers, and keep up the good work.

    • Louise says:

      Yeah, postage ain’t fun. Re-my colours, I’m pretty heavy-handed with contrast, hence the saturated look. I’m actually trying to pull back on it – if you think these colours are saturated, you should see my first project, 52suburbs.com.au!I haven’t see Bikes of Burden, I’ll go check it out thanks.

  127. chrisk says:

    yes please re book – my good fortune to have found your blog and have been encouraged by the hope, joy and insight of your beautiful images and commentary

    • Louise says:

      Comments like yours make my day, thank you!

  128. Mary-Anne says:

    Hi Louise, definitely yes from me.

  129. Jo Kaupe says:

    Yes definitely count us in.

  130. Claire says:

    Hello my love… I know, I’m sorry, I’ve dropped off the planet – will return soon I promise. Yes, I would pre order the book – can’t wait..XX

    • Louise says:

      Thanks Claire, and there’s nothing wrong with dropping off the planet – as long as you return. x

  131. Helga says:

    Of course I will, I’m waiting for :-) best wishes from Berlin, Germany, amd love from the girls to Coco!

    • Louise says:

      Helga! So lovely to see your name pop up. I’ve been re-visiting our afternoon with you and the girls this week – going through all my Berlin images. Stay tuned about the book okay? Coco sends her love back to the girls. x

  132. Peter Olive says:

    Hi Lou, I’m in for a book. Can you put in images of the wacky houses outside Brooklyn, and any other architecture. Cheers Peter

    • Louise says:

      Hey! Wacky as in Prospect Park South? Yep, they’re in there.

  133. Sarah says:

    Absolutely YES PLEASE!
    I trust you to pick the photos that “sing” to you … it is your book after all! I read all your posts while you were away and felt such simpatico with each and every image that you chose ….. bon chance x

  134. Peter McConnochie says:

    Hi Louise – is a crowd funding available yet for this?

    • Louise says:

      Not yet Peter – I’ll be launching that this week hopefully – it’ll be on the blog then, thanks so much!

  135. Nora says:

    I’d be interested in the book for sure.

  136. tall says:

    If I didn’t say yes yet, YES. Special request from my mum.

  137. Jacki says:

    Yes! I would love to have a book.

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