The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number Three, 22nd May, 2016
Well, here we are again and the project is still growing and is very much a viable proposition I'm glad to say. Since the last newsletter, I have sent out personal invitations to fifteen people. Sadly the response has not been great. I've had acknowledgements from three, and one person sent in a submission. A huge thank you to that person and many thanks also to the other two who came back to me and said they may contribute something later on.
I also decided to try targeting writers' groups. Details have gone out to thirty-five of them and four of them have circulated the information to their members. I don't think it's a coincidence that since doing that, hits to the website have increased and I've had submissions from two people I don't know. So it's working – I think!
Since the April newsletter we've had another twelve stories submitted. We now have 33 contributions in the bag totalling 10,695 words. I continue to be delighted and amazed by the variety and quality of the work coming in. There certainly are some talented and imaginative people out there. I would dearly love to gather five times that number but maybe that's a tad ambitious. What do you think?
The Make-A-Wish Foundation have been in touch recently and one of their representatives is going to give me a letter of endorsement and the use of their logo. That's great news. I have been a little concerned, when canvassing individuals and groups, that they might be unsure whether this whole thing is a scam but with the charity's endorsement I feel more confident. And I'll be able to use their logo on the poster to give it a more authentic touch.
Please do keep your contributions coming. Remember that you can write as many as you like. And please do keep spreading the word. The wider our audience the more successful we will be. For those of you who have Facebook accounts, if you haven't done so already – would you head over and "like" the Baby Shoes page. Likes have been creeping up a little since the group invitations went out but it still has only a meagre 68 likes.
That's it for this time.
Thanks for reading.