In fact, despite the underlying feeling of discouragement, it is quite good fun. I mean the work on setting up a bookstore and a publishing company as much as anything. We’re drawing to the close of yet another semester and I have – sort of – time on my hands to do all the work which needs to be done. What do I need?
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Not that I am in any way less than human when I get up in the mornings and set myself before the computer, but it helps. Thing is, I can only do this stuff at home at the moment, so the free time I have between lectures and on the bus – without a laptop – can’t be used in the same way. And there is a lot of coffee flowing around here!
So I am still looking at various projects and ideas to get the whole thing up and running. I’m fairly sure that I’ve got the right bookstore software now, and I’ve found some good domain names to link to it when the time comes for a launch. I’ve also done a lot of research – bless you, Internet – into small press and independent publishers. There are few resources in the United Kingdom, plenty in the United States and Canada. My market, however, is Europe and I shouldn’t let that fall by the wayside.
The work of contacting individual publishers in the small press and independent scene has begun, and it is going to take up a great deal of time. I’m not one to send out mass mails to a whole bunch of people and run the risk of getting pushed into a spam bucket – there are enough professional spammers out there already, no room for me! – so it is a case of writing a mail, finding all the listed small presses and their contact details and setting myself down to write individually to each and every one of them.
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Perhaps I’ll be lucky and get one of these by way of coffee soon, but first the work and then the pleasure!
Love & Kisses, Viki.