We have now received some early copies of our debut book as a small press publisher - Dorset Shorts: Winning Entries From The Dorset Writers‘ Prize.
Seventeen writers from all parts of the county are having their work published in this collection. We are very proud of that achievement, and of the fact that it looks great.
Only a few copies have arrived with us so far because our printers having been facing problems with glue seeping through onto the cover. Hopefully, that will be resolved (on their third attempt) sometime this week.
We have not settled on our launch date as yet (we are hoping we may be able to link it into another event), but we will announce it soon.
In the meantime we plan a pre-launch get-together with our authors on March 30. We are looking forward to that. Strange to think, but we have only met one of them so far.
On another piece of good news, for me at least, I feel I have finally settled on where to focus with this blog. It has been bugging me for months. Now, after receiving those first, pristine copies of Dorset Shorts, and feeling that we can now actually call ourselves small publishers, has made it more concrete.
While drafting a short talk, I wrote that I wanted to chat about: short stories, long tails, small press publishing, little-read writers and how we spun a book out of coffee beans, perseverance, a whim and a prayer.