Saturday, 30 October 2010

Things are happening

Tiny Acorns

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.

3 comments:

  1. Thrilled to hear that BBC Children In Need are on board.

    I love the B&W illustrations (particularly the deer).

    This is some feat putting this together - thanks so much.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing this on the (virtual) bookshelves...
    Hope it sells well for such a worthwhile charity - love the illustrations especially 'The Old Oak Tree'.

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  3. I am so impressed by the illustrations (they add a very warm touch) and am really hopeful of excellent sales. I am extremely proud to be part of this - the cause is an admirable one - and thank you again for letting my short little contribution rub shoulders with these high calibre writers.

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