As I write this, I’m still waiting to hear whether I’ve been granted any money to pay for the images and permission rights for a few illustrations for the book, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the problems of images recently.

My royalties won’t cover the cost of the illustrations (unless, of course, it turns out to be a bestseller that goes to many  print runs…. well, a girl can dream!).  I don’t have a full-time job that I can use to subsidise the cost, so I’m a bit stuck.  Really, I could do with 3 broadside images and a folio from a manuscript to illustrate some of the key points that I want to make, but if I don’t get funding, that might not happen.  I have to think about what I will do if the answer is “No”.

It occurred to me that the simplest solution would be to leave out the broadsides altogether.  There are plenty of freely available images of broadside ballads on the internet these days, so it’s not as if the genre is entirely unfamiliar or even obscure.  There would even be a couple of advantages.  Firstly, it would mean I could focus even more directly on the music: it would free up 4 more images for extra musical examples.  Secondly, I wouldn’t have to wait around for the archives to make the digital images and send them to me, or wait for permission to use them.

As usual, it is the not knowing that is the most frustrating thing.  In the meantime, I’m going to have a few days’ break to let things settle before the final assault on getting the text into the house style, so there might be a hiatus in blogging too…