The Deixis Press Weekly - Issue #15
Email subscribers last week may have been surprised by the assertion that they had received Issue 18. There is a reason for this; it’s Revue’s problem and they refuse to fix it. Basically, even though I changed my newsletter’s focus after the first few issues, Revue won’t let me change the automatic numbering. This means The Deixis Press Weekly - Issue #1 was actually originally automatically numbered as Issue #4, and so on up to #14 being numbered as #18. And last week I forgot to change the automatic numbering. So in three weeks’ time you’ll get issue #18 again. (This is a lot of detail you don’t care about. ONWARD.) [it’s also totally irrelevant having now moved to Substack!]
Monday, 28 June
I don’t know why I find notion.so so useful, given I could just use Evernote or Todoist or Nirvana or Remember the Milk, or even GOOD OLD PEN AND PAPER. But it’s my current flavour of the week; I really like it, and I like that I can use the app on my phone and it automagically updates my desktop app. Like anything else, I guess. Hmm.
For reasons I have a lot of personal admin as well as work admin at the moment; I guess being at home and not actually making any money does make me the default person to do all the random stuff, but a few errands here and there and then suddenly it’s kids/dinnertime–well, just a little bit of that can wreck a whole day when work should be getting done.
I will finish my first pass through all of my submissions by Monday next week. This is my commitment both to myself and to the authors who are waiting patiently for feedback. I have made it through about two-thirds so far.
Tuesday, 29 June
I’m closing in on being able to say out loud who my two new authors are; I spoke to Mystery Agent Whom I Won’t Yet Name, who helped me figure out there was a minor problem with my publishing agreement; now I’ve fixed that, and pending any negotiations maybe I can say who it is next week.
I also received, finally, the hardback proof of The Workshop of Filthy Creation. It is SO BEAUTIFUL! Now comes the question of how many copies to print of everything. The print-on-demand model is marvellous if only because I do not have to worry about wasting money by printing excess stock, but I do need to print copies for the authors, for review purposes, and for events.
Wednesday, 30 June
Today I got up at 5:30am to drive 3 hours to a place where there is no internet, fixtures, fittings, or furnishings, and spent 14 hours attempting to rectify as much of that as possible. I then collapsed
into bed onto a mattress.
Thursday, 1 July
Today I finished up what I could with regard to fixtures, fittings, and furnishings, drove 3 hours back, picked up my sunburned children from their Sports Day, went into an M&S, bought ready meals, put those into the oven, served them up, put the children in bed, and collapsed again.
Friday, 2 July
Back to it–and by “it” I mean reading submissions, trying to hit that Monday deadline (I’ll do it). I also placed my large order for hardbacks, and, ouch, that is really a hit for the old business bank account. I’m counting on the fact that we will sell most of these …
… which reminds me that it remains a GREAT time to pre-order your copies of The Workshop of Filthy Creation and Some Rise By Sin. You’ve heard about them for a long time; you probably feel like you’ve even read them already. But you haven’t. (If your favorite bookstore isn’t linked at those pages, try their website–you will probably find it there! Yes, even in the US of A!)