Younger son is getting married on Friday, so I’ll be too tied up to blog for a few days. Some miscellaneous cogitations:
1. Unsolicited submissions. Despite saying very clearly on the Calder Wood Press website that I can’t deal with unsolicited MSS, they continue to come in, by snail and e-. It’s very sad, because I post them straight back (if they’ve included an SSAE). I suppose I ought to take it as an indicator that the Press is becoming better known, but it would be nice if potential publishees believed that I mean what I say. (Did I invent a new word there?). I’m committed to six or seven pamphlets this year, and that’s as much as I can cope with.
2. Semi-related, but The Poetry Book Society is trying to increase its list of pamphlet publishers. If you are such a fellow
misguided fool saintly being, email them with your details.
3. After some initial misgivings, I’ve joined Facebook. I’m still finding my way round the system, finding groups and people to hook up with. It’s a completely different medium from the blogosphere (I think), and at the moment it’s more of a potential than an actual utility for me.
4. I went to a meeting this morning with one of the co-funders of our Tyne & Esk Writers’ Creative Writing Development project. We had to give a final report on the project, which officially finishes next week. I thought it was going to be a bureaucratic box-ticking exercise, but in the event it was fine. According to the year-end report, we actually did more than we said we’d do in our application, so it was very successful from their and our points of view, although we had problems with this funder’s ‘payment against receipts’ mechanism. When a group’s bank balance is small, it’s next to impossible to spend money you don’t have then claim it back. Particularly when we were employing somebody who had to be paid monthly. That’s the only funding body I’ve ever dealt with that works that way, and it was awkward. Motto: read the fine print before you agree to accept a grant.