Tuesday, 4 October 2016
We did it. Well, actually, you did it.
I’ll keep this brief: I’m sure we’ve all had enough of What We Talk About When We Talk About Dazzling The Gods…and would rather just read the damned thing itself.
I choose this unorthodox road to publication for a couple of reasons. Firstly, to see if it could be done (why climb the mountain? Cos it’s there), to test out an arguably more democratic mode of publishing. And secondly, as those of you patient or foolish enough to listen to my ramblings on here know, the short story remains a marginalised form, an acquired taste, its aesthetic demanding much of its reader, an indecorous, often mischievous and capricious creature, and therefore a less popular one. A bit of a cult. That's cult with an L. Ergo is doesn’t really set publisher’s juices a flowing.
I did offer it to some, and the responses varied from, We’d love to publish it, but it won’t make us any money (hence this video I made), to one who read it but complained the stories weren’t linked tonally / thematically enough (presumably for them to call it a ‘novel in 13 parts’, which does actually happen).
In short, I didn’t want to self-publish but believed it to be the (coughs immodestly) strongest work I’d written, so here we are. And perhaps this resistance to the form meant a longer funding campaign than expected, and at times we came close to pulling out. And yet in the very near future a book, an actual frigging real book with words and pages and shit, will exist BECAUSE you chose it to be.
And that, my friends, is very awesome.
So, again, thank you.
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