So last Sunday I explained about my very good excuse why I wasn’t posting a poem. The meeting duly occurred on the Tuesday, and Wednesday lunch time I had a message telling me that they were having a tough time whittling down the entries to just ten, but if I was successful they would let me know. If I wasn’t, thanks for submitting. Not everyone who had submitted got this e-mail, so I figured they’d done it in rounds and that I’d passed round one and so been told, and that those that hadn’t passed round one hadn’t heard anything. On the Thursday, I heard from one person that they had received their acceptance later on that Wednesday. For a couple of hours I wobbled between ‘well they’ve picked their ten, I’m not in’ and ‘they’ve picked some and are struggling for the last couple, there’s still a chance’. Eventually I went with the ‘I didn’t make it’ theory.
I was wrong. Today I got the e-mail telling me that I had been successful 🙂 At the moment I’m hoping between ‘yay I did it’ and ‘I was probably a reserve and someone pulled out’. Either way, I’m in. This is my most significant publishing to date, so I’m pretty happy about it 🙂
So early next year, Ten of the Best will go to print, and as a contributing poet, I will have twenty copies to distribute. Some of these have already found homes (my library, Mum & Dad, a couple for very good friends of mine), but I will have between ten and fifteen copies available to buy (£10 + postage). I will even scribble in them if you want me to. If you’re interested, drop me a line and I’ll allocate them on a first come, first served basis. Postage I will work out as soon as I know weights etc at present I know nothing.
Alternatively, once I have the ISBN I will post it and you can order a copy through your local bookstore, or ask your local library to stock it.