Take several overflowing piles of submitted short stories and read well.
Have many sleepless nights.
Whittle down to one pile.
Select fifty, thirty-five, then the final seventeen.
Allow yourself one second of feeling thrilled with the result (no time for self-satisfaction).
Embark on a marathon of intense editing.
Many more sleepless nights.
Add a big dollop of patience.
Read well again.
Stir in seven broken pencil-points - Faber-Castell -why?
Make lists: contacts, marketing, reviews, laxatives.
Mix in liberal amounts of collaboration.
Check, check and re-check.
Wonder if there is life outside your office.
Six abandoned cover illustrations.
Wonder if one can atrophy from sitting at a desk for too long.
One-hundred and twenty emails.
Wonder if you are a masochist.
One illustration that finally works.
Gruelling prep for typesetter.
Read again (have difficulty comprehending the words 'it' and 'the').
Make lists: why publishing is FUN.
Combine all of the above in a pressure-cooker and allow to simmer for several months. Serve by a cosy fire, on a beach in Lanzorate, a train to Manhattan, a bus to Bejing or on your back-garden lounger this summer.
Whatever your taste in literature, 'Gem Street: Beyond the Axis' has a treat for everyone. From the whimsical, 'Why Tabitha Gold Won't Eat Apples' by Louise Garcia to the guaranteed-to-blow-your-mind, 'We See You' by Georgia Davies, the gruesome and poignant, 'The Tree' by Isolde Wiebenga and the outrageous rural politics in, 'The Parish State' by Will Haynes, our latest creation promises to be our most delectable yet.
We are out of the pressure-cooker and into the first stages of pre-production. The anthology will be available for purchase from the website within the next few weeks. Watch our Available Titles page for easy and quick ordering.
In the meantime, I'm going for a nap.