Welcome to the new friends who have joined us since our first post.  This seems like a good opportunity to bring people up to date with what we’ve been doing in the past week or so, and what progress we’ve made.

Probably the most important and the biggest (and frankly the scariest) step taken this week is the preparation of the first contracts for our writers.  These should be in the post in the next day or two, and the writers concerned will be e-mailed to let them know that they’re on their way.  We won’t be announcing any titles until we have the signed contracts in our hot little paws, because we’re just superstitious like that.

We’re starting to spread the word to a few interested parties who have kindly agreed to help us publicise our endeavours.  This is going to mean being interviewed for an online publication which is also a fraction scary but we’re brave as lions, to paraphrase Ron Weasley, and we’ll tough it out somehow.  Details here when we have them.

Same applies to the new website.  This is under development at the moment and will be the focus of our efforts after the weekend.  It should appear some time in March, but we want to take our time and do a decent job with it.

There is no word yet from our illustrious proof-reader who has been rather ill for the past few weeks.  However with the end of the month imminent it would probably be a good moment to make contact with her again and hopefully there should be better news to report next time.

We have had one request so far for the Authors’ Prospectus and since its arrival wasn’t greeted with derision we’re hoping it made some kind of sense to the recipient.  There is one title already confirmed for November and another well on its way – although ironically the work in question doesn’t actually have a title yet!  Meanwhile, an in-house reader is about to join our nominal ‘staff’ – thus increasing our labour force by a massive 50%.

There are still a few details to be ironed out; we do not have a bank account yet, and the last-minute conversion from Windows-based to Linux-based software has caused a few delays, but we are far enough forward in other respects for these not to be worrying us too much at the moment.  We should soon have some promotional video to set before you, too, which is very exciting for those of us who wouldn’t have a clue how to set about producing such a thing.

Well, this is rather disjointed but it attempts to give you a snapshot of where we are with our plans.  It’s about nine months now since we started talking about and preparing for this venture but I’m not sure that we’ve ever really got our heads round the idea that it will actually happen one day; in some respects, the mental journey from ‘we could’ to ‘we will’ has been the biggest step of all, and one that we may not fully make until we see the Press up and running for the first time.

We’re very glad to have you along for the ride; at the moment, we feel we need all the (im)moral support we can get!

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