an anthology of new writing
Looks good, don't you think? And - with a couple of exceptions - every one of the authors included has been informed as is even as we speak checking and re-checking their submissions. The quality of submissions has been impressive; the result is a varied and entertaining book covering the genres of fiction, poetry and life-writing. And all proceeds from its sale are going to the BBC Children in Need appeal. We really couldn't have asked for a better cause to support, and we're delighted to be 'doing our bit'. All of which means, of course, that the book will be available shortly. It's looking tight to get it produced in time for this year's televised appeal, but we're confident we can have it in the (virtual) bookshops in time for Christmas, priced £9.99 inc. P&P.
Most pleasing of all has been the enthusiasm, support and appreciation of the students and writers involved. Almost without exception people have been so positive about the venture, it's made the hard work at this end more than worthwhile.
But of course, you can't please everyone. Even a free writing course, created in what little spare time Tim Atkinson might possess, and an offer of publication isn't enough for some people. Ok, so there were problems with the (voluntary) e-support network, and the type-setting might not be to everybody's taste. But what can you say, other than that a full refund is guaranteed?
Some people, publishers, and writing course tutors are paid to be good; we, evidently, are good for nothing.
At least, we like to think so.