Hello my fellow scribes and welcome to what will be the only update of this year. I couldn’t let 2019 pass without saying something about our group endeavours.
As I’ve mentioned in the past we are full of good intentions when it comes to producing anthologies, but let’s face it, life gets in the way. Nobody is to blame if they don’t develop.
Our attempt at a second collection for the Macmillan Cancer Support organisation faded away even after a brief revival of interest by several of us. To forestall any further PM queries in that direction … it is no longer on the cards. We produced one, it’s good, and hopefully, it raises funds.
What else went by the wayside?
Our children’s anthology was a great idea. We had some good stuff lined up, including illustrations, but with the best will in the world, and all the support we could muster (which is quite a bit), those of us who were involved were appraised by Sylva of the serious issues with the project.
By its nature, a children’s book needs pictures, which we were producing, but it’s not an eReader friendly publication. In a nutshell, it was a superb idea, but it would have been a lame duck … far too expensive to make it worthwhile.
Did we succeed with any 2017/2018/2019 anthology plans?
Thank you for your patience … yes, we did succeed. Our horror anthology was postponed like the other collections, but with ‘grim’ determination we produced Depths of Darkness. Ten of us got together and compiled fourteen tales of psychological horror … sorry, no zombies, vampires, shapeshifters or their kin. (They are available in our Author brochure).
Obviously, our horror stories are good … which goes without saying. Sincere thanks to one of our resident witches, Melanie P. Smith, who used magic to blend, format and publish all manner of sordid situations to better frighten the bejesus out of our readers.
I will be producing a separate post on anthologies at some point in the next week or two.
We drifted up to around 360 members during 2019 but armed with a variety of word snares, investigative techniques, and a sprinkling of bloody-mindedness I reduced our number to 207. As a group, from the outset, we have stressed we are not available to be abused by freeloaders. Yes, by all means, advertise your writing, or if you read, but don’t write, tell us about it. If the admin becomes aware that you are hitching a marketing ride, we will dislodge you. There are two tools available to check the activity. We don’t expect members to make daily visits or to write lengthy comments, but one behaviour* will not be tolerated.
*Self or ‘read my book’ marketing and no other activity.
What right did I have to remove members?
Apart from a serious number of incidences of the aforementioned ‘freeloading’, there was a considerable number of ‘brought in by a friend of a friend of a friend in 2017’ and suchlike. I had no problem with those people, but 40 of them had never made an appearance in over a year.
We’ve now existed as a group since mid-2014, and I believe we all deserve a cough-inducing, spluttering, slap on the back for the integrity we demonstrate in living up to our group name. Almost fifty authors have now been featured on our Facebook page and the next one is coming soon.
On behalf of those who are behind the scenes, thank you all for your continued support, whether it be a like, a heart, a comment, a post, or even buying into somebody’s writing.
Individually, we’re pretty good, but together we are awesome.