The first rule of self-promotion is to keep your audience in the loop, so here’s me being loopy:
The first edit of Apartheid’s All Right If You’re White is finished!
You know, my book of poetry memoir about my time in South Africa during and after Apartheid. Pay attention, people. How can I self-promote if you’re not listening?
I say ‘first edit’ but it has been edited to the nth degree. The first poem was probably written about 1992. My skills have improved a little since then and the poem is probably quite different to how it started life. Poems are never finished; they are simply polished to the level of my ability.
The poems first appeared in public on a short-lived blog dedicated to them. I added the memoir for context. That would have been that but Viv nagged me to gather and edit them for publication. Her reward is to critique the finished product. Pseu is also being punished. Thank you, ladies.
I feel like dancing because it has taken about six months (and twenty years) to get this far. Summer interrupted; visitors interrupted; new sheds interrupted; illness interrupted…i.e. I did anything but work on it.
I write, therefore I procrastinate.
My intention was to self-publish, as you know, but Viv insists that I first try submitting the collection to unwary publishers. Look out for a slew of despairing posts on yet another rejection.
I write, therefore editors assassinate.
Once Viv and Pseu have done their evil but essential work, I will re-edit and begin submitting. Look out for my next post on the subject in 2014.
I might as well get all the poetry stuff out of the way in one post:
You may remember in the summer I had three poems displayed on the Bolton Arts Trail. All of the poems on the trail have been gathered together into one anthology. Look:
I was excited to find one of my poems was first in the anthology – that’s never happened before. It was dumb luck, of course: the poems are arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the shop in which they were displayed.
I’m a writer; I need dumb luck. And a little dancing.
In fact, that’s what I did when my edit was done: I put on some Mango Groove and gave it some wellly around the living room. And I’m going to do that every time I complete a book stage.