We are ready for the launch of Dorset Shorts. At last. It seems to have been a long, long time in the making, but here we are.
We had a wonderful launch night at The Old School, in Sturminster Marshall. So many people - friends (old and new), family, authors - turned out in support.
Rob Palmer provided the “ambient, arty” guitar music in the background, and Claire, supported by Maddie, served up a wonderful range of snacks.
Not all of our authors could make it, but Jo led those who did through St Mary’s Church grounds to the Walnut Tree Field, where James was set up with his drone to take some photos.
Bobbie-Jo Treglown, author of The Shambles, evidently inspired by this spy from the sky went into full performance mode, ending up prone in the grass as part of her act.
The locals will not be used to such antics this and must have wondered what was going on.
Back in the hall, our guests were regaled with insights into the history behind the making of the book, what defines a short story, brief summaries of each of the tales, and a promise that our debut collection - 17 diverse stories by writers from across the county - contains something for everyone.
Book sales, and even some signings followed, before everyone left - leaving Jo and I to stack the chairs. pack up the boxes of un-consumed wine, grab a leftover sandwich and vac the floor. The publishers life.
Direct & online sales: 21
With bookshops: 20