The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number Seven, 25th November, 2016
We are now almost at the end of an era. It is time to wrap the project up and to start formatting all the material for publication. This, then, is a pivotal newsletter and, therefore, special – at least to me. I have now (finally) set a deadline for submissions. That date is 31st December, 2016. After that comes the hard work of collating all the material, final editing, decision making on such things as design, whether to include artwork and so on. Although, for me, the work is far from finished, it has reached a point of no return and that, in itself, is very rewarding. I may well, at some future juncture, write at length about the whole experience. Suffice it to say for now that it has been a life-changing, character building and, ultimately, gratifying thing to have done. I want all those of you who contributed (and any future contributors) to feel extremely proud of yourselves. This project was always about you – your enthusiasm and your wonderful, exquisite flights of imagination.
And now for some very exciting news indeed. The amazingly talented, and thoroughly delightful Lori Depp has very kindly agreed to write the foreword to the book. Let me introduce you:
Lori is a well known and well loved professional make up artist. Her first choice of career as a record producer sadly came to an abrupt end when, following an accident, she lost most of the hearing in her left ear making it impossible to carry on in that profession. But, her artistry and her determination meant that she was able to turn her talents in another direction. She began cutting hair and using make up on dolls at the tender age of eight. The ongoing development of her natural ability formed the bedrock of her new career path. That, together with a helping hand from friends such as Adam Ant and Christina Applegate, gave her a really good start in the industry in which she now excels.
Her love for music has never faded. Eric Clapton taught her to play guitar, she still regularly works with Adam Ant and, more recently, she has been working on videos for the amazing Glam Skanks: an all-woman rock band.
I was thrilled when she submitted a Baby Shoes story. It is a delightful, amusing and clever little tale and I couldn't be more grateful to her for her consistent and continual support of the project as a whole. Thank you, Lori. Deeply! (or Depply, if you prefer ☺). Sorry folks – private joke!
Some stats: I was originally aiming at around 60,000 words for this book. I'm not quite going to make that but I do have enough to go ahead. The count at the time of writing this newsletter stands at 137 stories totalling 47,693 words. In addition there are another 6 stories (approximately another 1,500 words) which have unresolved queries on them. If those queries are sorted out on time and all the stories included, that would give us 142 stories and around 49.2 thousand words. There are still more stories trickling in so I won't have a final count until the new year but, all in all, it's looking very good indeed.
So that's where we are at. There is still time if any of you want to submit again (or for the first time) so please don't be put off by the deadline. And just one final appeal: if you are one of the authors who have outstanding queries on your work, this is a gentle appeal to please get them back to me as soon as you possibly can. There are too many good pieces out there and I don't want to lose them.
A very special thank you to you all. You are all heroes as far as I'm concerned and it is a positive privilege to work with you.