Saturday 20 April 2024

Lancashire Writers of Today 2023


How we came to publish this one

The LAA took the decision to publish its competition entries in an annual anthology.  2022 was successful so we followed the same pattern again.     

The title

The committee thought of a few and then we voted on it. The replaces the former The Record.   

Some notes about the process

Once the stories were formatted in a Word document, we did a quick proof read. Then we prepared the camera ready PDF which we passed to the authors to proof read.  Once any alterations were made according to the authors’ suggestions, we produced a second camera ready PDF which one of our editors proof-read.  

The cover

This was from our photographic competition. One of the instructions was to have a focal point on the right with plenty of space on the left for the blurb. We said that it would be fine to have the focal point on the left and we could flip the picture round. If you look carefully at the cover you will see that the picture is flipped; you can’t get that view of the Blackpool Tower. No one has commented yet!. Just a few days before the book was due out I attended a book event of one of our members. His cover had almost the same view of the Blackpool Tower. Ah well. There is no copyright on subjects for book covers.     

Some notes about style

This quote form Nick Oldam’s Foreword probably says enough: “And this year’s anthology is a stunning reflection of those talents, in which you will find a plethora of work which by its very nature showcases both the aims of the LAA and the individual creativity of writers who are members of an association which gives voice and opportunity to so many.”

Who we think the reader is

No doubt the friends, family, fans and followers of the authors in the collection will be interested in this and all those other people who care about Lancashire and what it  can produce.  

What else

For the 2024 collection we are going to include author bios.

Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or Kindle file.      

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Cover image competition 2024

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