My Year in Writing, Editing and Publishing, 2021

Since I self-published Day of the Flying Leaves (Selected Poems) in March, I have posted the following new poems online. I will eventually move them into a new collection, working title “A Hot Sup From the Teapot”.

I updated this on December 26, 2021 and as yet Day of the Flying Leaves has had no reviews. To be fair, I only sent out one copy for review, to someone a friend recommended as a potential reviewer. Zip! Sales were two or three in the first month, and none since. My poems have only been recognised online by one or two kind friends and a few far-flung WordPress bloggers I don’t know at all.

This year as editor, I published brilliant new short stories by Jack R Johnson, Jessica Fogal and James Roderick Burns in Stories of the Month. I continue to work on some unpublished short stories and two or three projects that have the potential to blossom into novels or novellas. There are also more poems in the works. Ever onwards!


Picture: One of the cover concepts for Day of the Flying Leaves

Gone mad here counting*

Over the past sixteen years, I have been instrumental in publishing 139 short stories by 113 writers, not counting myself, from Bosnia, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Wales.

The last few were online and the rest were in 11 anthologies. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. Sales have been very poor but the writers I picked have gone on to win all the major prizes for short stories [and, more importantly, continue to be lovely people. Ed.]

Link: Index of contributors to the New Short Stories book series and Story of the Month

* With a nod to The Onion Eaters by J.P. Donleavy

Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 11

Yes, I put together this collection of short stories. If you like it tell your friends. If you don't like it, tell your enemies.
Unboxing

If you read the book, a review on Amazon or elsewhere would be very welcome, no matter whether positive, negative or mixed.

Available from: WaterstonesPowells, Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk, Book Depository & other online booksellers.

Book Depository, which is also owned by Amazon, offers this with “free delivery worldwide.” Sounds a bit too good to be true, no? If you successfully order from a research station in the Antarctic or the heart of Amazonia, I’d love to hear about it.

To order from a local bookshop, quote publisher Willesden Herald, ISBN 9780999527764, which they can find in their Ingram catalogue and order for you.

If you want to avoid buying from Amazon, and don’t want to buy from Powells or Waterstones or order from your local bookshop, I have a small stash of copies, which you’re welcome to have at cost. If that appeals, contact me to by email to arrange.

Co-edited with Lane Ashfeldt



As announced on www.newshortstories.com

I have just sent a newsletter to our 1762 subscribers, with the cover reveal, biographies, publication details etc for Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10 and other news. Link to view online: Newsletter.

Many thanks to Stratos Fountoulis for the cover design and once again to Lane Ashfeldt, to Liars’ League for continuing support over the years, and to the much-missed Willesden Green Writers’ Group, who helped keep this competition going through hell & high water. And all writers everywhere, here’s to you!

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Co-edited with Katy Darby

See you at The Performance Space, Willesden Library Centre, 7:30 pm December 8th for the launch. Katy Darby will announce who will walk away with the priceless mug for 2016. Authors are flying in from far and wide. Actors will read a few short excerpts. Fun will be had.

Update: First prize went to Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg, a Russian writer based in San Francisco. Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9 is now available from Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com & other online booksellers. For report, videos and more, please visit New Short Stories.

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