Another year, another book.

It’s that time of year when you want everything clean and clear. My Mum used to always say that she wanted everything sorted by the end of the year, so that the New Year came fresh and without debts or unsolved business. Well, I’ve not mastered that with things that seem out of my control, for example, the publishing business. So, I’m going through all my index cards which have results pending. Various agents and publishers have not returned my sample copies in the stamped addressed envelopes provided, so I am now going through and contacting them to see if they are still considering, or have lost the books or will return them.

And then what? Go the self publishing route? Contact more publishers and agents and hope they get back to me? Some have, with a ‘No.’ Piccadilly Press said NO, but they also sent a hand written note, saying they did like the books, but ….

I have published two, Cold Hands Meet Warm Heart and Noise of Snow on LULU, so that I could see mock up copies and take them into school for Story Time. Do I go all out and say, I’m publishing them myself? We can talk finances and profits and all of that another time. I’m still waiting for permissions or not on artwork for Moon’s Secret and Cloud Play, but do I go ahead if the others can’t find a home? I love Moon’s Secret, really love it. Munch is now out of copyright and features on the cover of this book, so wayhey, I can chase up Oskar Kokoshka, Lowry, Hopper and Tarsill do Amaral. I can source other paintings as Frank Stella and Rene Magritte said ‘No.’ I can get out my paintbrushes as well as my index cards.

I can continue on this journey which has opened my mind over the last year. DSC03392


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