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The Calder Wood Press story, part 1

The Calder Wood Press story Back in the mid-1990s I was a member of Edinburgh’s School of Poets. We met in the Scottish Poetry Library to read and critique each others’ work, and I know my own writing improved as … Continue reading

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Further footings

I wrote earlier about plans for Calder Wood Press for the next year. I’ve been mulling it over since, and it has (a) reinforced my decision not to take on new work in 2014 and (b) given me several ideas for … Continue reading

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Publishing programme

I had intended publishing Jo Gibson’s second poetry pamphlet this year, and, with the help of friends, a volume of short stories by Jill Madden, both members of the Dunbar Writers. Then, in January, it occurred to me that I … Continue reading

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How do I choose who to publish?

Going to book fairs as I do, it’s inevitable that poets approach me for advice on how to find a publisher for their work. It takes a lot of courage to ask to be published, and I recognise that – … Continue reading

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e-books

For some while I’ve had two free e-books available from myebook.com. They are Recycled Cards and Mementoliths 2. The first is a republication of the texts of some poem cards I published in 1998, and the second is a revision … Continue reading

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Why she flew to Barcelona

Eddie’s chapbook is safely off to the printers, and I’m looking forward to having copies available very soon. I’ve never said this before, but it’s an ideal Christmas present for the human race, and I’m very pleased to be publishing … Continue reading

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Publishing economics

How do publishers set a selling price for their books? It’s complex, depending on the type of publisher, the type of book, and the market sector they’re aiming at. A large publisher can spread costs across a number of titles, … Continue reading

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Christine Ford’s book

I’ve just collected Christine Ford’s book  – Pink Socks and Walking Boots – from the printers, and here’s the cover. Usually I know the poets and their poetry before I decide to publish them, but in Christine’s case I knew … Continue reading

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stone and sea

When I first opened Morgan Downie’s MS file I was excited. When I started working on the book I was even more excited. Normally I work with authors to cut down their selection to pamphlet size, but in this case … Continue reading

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Launch on Wednesday

I think everything’s set for Wednesday’s double launch of Lyn Moir’s Easterly, Force 10, and Jane Mary Wilde’s Words, words, words. It’s at the Scottish Poetry Library. I got the wine and soft drinks today, and I’ll buy the nibbles … Continue reading

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