The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number Eight, 23rd December, 2016
Firstly here’s wishing each and every one of you a happy Christmas, or holiday, or just plain rest period – however you like to think of it.
Only one more week to go to get in any last minute stories for the anthology. Since I published a deadline date, we have had a massive influx of entries. Sadly, because people were anxious to get their work in on time, many of them didn’t fit the remit for the project and had to be rejected. Sending rejections is never pleasant or easy and receiving one is worse. I’m very glad to say, though, that a number of contributors took my advice to heart and submitted revised pieces which fitted very well. So – our little band of busy writers now numbers 68. You have, between you, written 170 stories amounting to 60,053 words. So, even if we get no more contributions, we have shot beyond my original target of 60K and a huge pat on the back to you all. I’d like to say that I will raise a glass to each of you on Christmas day – but, if I did that, I wouldn’t survive ‘til Boxing Day.
What happens from here: Firstly, I’m going to take some time off during the holidays and come back fresh in the new year. At that point, I will be starting the technical work of getting everything into a single document, deciding on whether to include sections (chapters) and working out the problems of having to publish in two different formats (e-book and paperback). We are aiming at publishing in the spring and both versions should be available via Amazon from – I think – anywhere in the world. A spring publication is riding on my being able to get it all together while, simultaneously, trying to sell my home, pack up, find somewhere else to live, and emigrate back to the UK. No pressure there then!
We have developed into a succinct and close little group which, to me, has been an added bonus of running this project. For those of you on Facebook (I know, I know, it’s anathema to some) we have a closed authors’ group meaning it is open to accredited Baby Shoes authors only. If you’d like to join our merry little band the link is below. Have a great holiday and keep in touch.