The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number Two, 26th April, 2016
Welcome to newsletter number two. After a slow start, things are beginning to speed up a little now. As of today we have a total of twenty submissions confirmed, another two with minor queries outstanding, and a handful more in the pipeline. But we need to do better. I am going to need to collect at the very least ten times this number to make publication worthwhile. So please, please, continue to spread the word as widely as you can. And remember – there is no limit to the number of stories you can submit.
The variety and the sheer ingenuity of the stories are stunning. To everyone who has participated so far – give yourselves a huge pat on the back. Out of interest, I've identified ten different categories of story – and there may well be more to come. These are they and the numbers of each received follows in brackets:
1 Sad / loss (3)
2 Uplifting (3)
3 Horror (1)
4 Outside the Box (0)
5 Religious (2)
6 Humerous (5)
7 Murder (1)
8 Poetry (3)
9 Sci-Fi (1)
10 Mystery (1)
I am delighted to announce that, after much to-ing, fro-ing and research, I have finally settled on Make-A-Wish UK as being the sole recipient of any and all proceeds from the eventual sale of the book. They have been most helpful and welcoming and I look forward to working closely with them. Check out their website:
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
Some small print
Boring, I know. But it's important – so please read.
Together with my publisher, Kensington Gore Publishing (Kensington Gore Publishing) I have decided to allow each contributing author to retain copyright of their work. That means two things:
1. That, following publication of the book, authors will be able to publish their stories elsewhere – in competitions or wherever they wish.
2. That a copyright notice will go into the book forbidding anyone else to copy or use any part of any of the stories (other than the use of brief quotations in a book review) without prior consent from the author. I am happy to act as intermediary in that respect and will contact authors if requested to do so.
All I ask is that you do not publish your stories elsewhere either until the project's book is published or until an announcement is made that the project has ended.
I will be adding these clauses to the website this very day.
If you would like to help by spreading the word – I have an A4 poster available which you can print and stick up in your local social clubs, supermarkets, libraries or wherever you think would be suitable. And do let me know if you'd like to go onto the mailing list for these newsletters. In either case (or both) just drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading.