You may remember that back in July, I won a competition to have sixty copies of my flash fiction and short story collection titled Four Buses printed by CPI Anthony Rowe. While it was great to become a winning author, I didn’t realise how much work would be involved in claiming this prize. I was asked to submit a print-ready pdf of the collection together with a monochrome cover. I set to work, finding out about typesetting and organising the stories. The process was more involved than I had imagined and together with editing, this took a considerable amount of time. I even turned my hand to producing a mock-up of the cover but had to seek professional help for the final version. You can see the cover below:
I’m delighted with the reviews on the back page, it’s great to have positive feedback from writers that I admire:
‘A varied and interesting collection from a fresh new voice.’
– VANESSA GEBBIE, author of The Coward’sTale
‘This is clever writing! Ingenious, perceptive and heartfelt: snapshots of real lives, which make us look twice – and with new understanding – at the familiar.’
– RONALD FRAME, author of Havisham
‘Each story in Four Buses unearths a fresh diamond of emotion: a glittering gem of truth which reveals how the world works and what it’s like to be a part of it. Each one engages in a different way and lingers in the mind long after the cover is closed.’
– CALUM KERR, director of National Flash Fiction Day
I understand that the printed copies of the book will be with me in November, so the next stage approaches. Planning a book launch, organising publicity, marketing, hand selling. Now that will keep me busy until Christmas.
How about you, what do you have on your agenda?