I was going to make a wee list of what we are publishing next year, but I thought that I’d lay it out along with where I am coming from with it all instead – so don’t feel bad if it is far too boring to read, I just wanted to leave it for anybody with a passing interest over the coming months to trip over.
But where to start?
I have to admit that 2019 hasn’t exactly gone to plan and that despite all appearances, there really was one, which only makes it the more annoying.
I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m pleased to be able to say that all is getting back on track and with a ‘Herculean’ final push we should end the year with quite the ‘wow’ of a list of publications and some brilliant poets blinking in the daylight.
Not quite as many or when they were intended, but there we are.
It is poetry, not the end of the world.
So it wasn’t the best of years, but we will still (hopefully) have published:
- 21 single-poet-collections, (6 books and 15 chapbooks),
- 3 of our poetry Conversations and
- 14 Sticklebacks.
Not too shabby for a two year old press, if not quite chic.
Looking forward to next year (and yes, I am getting ahead of myself here,) I think we can improve on that a fair bit and alongside the poetry, for the first time we are going to have a wee dabble with a touch of prose and so 2020 looks something like this:
Poetry Collections – Books:
The plan at the moment is that we will publish Four Single Poet Collections in book form during 2020, although I have hopes that like this year we will be able to add at least a couple more to the tally.
Ideally, I’d like to double the number, but we cut our cloth.
Poetry Collections – Chapbooks:
My idea for our poetry pamphlets is that we will be aiming to publish two each calendar month, so (err, not enough fingers and toes…) twenty-four in total.
Again, I would like to improve on that, but we will see how it goes.
I won’t list them all, but as we stand 14 of those ‘places’ are accounted for and I want to carry on with these being an even split between first collections and those of the more experienced poet chap(ess.)
I’m a big fan of collaborations and shared pamphlets, so I want us to carry on with the Tree Poets and Conversation series. Two of each seems about right in 2020.
Who doesn’t love a good anthology? We have a couple outstanding, so I see these dropping on an ad-hoc basis as the year progresses. Probably four over the year.
The Sticklebacks were the biggest casualty this year and I really want us to ‘re-launch’ them next year in January.
More on that soon, but in simple terms I’d like to get to the point where we are publishing 2 of the wee blighters each month – so 24 in total in 2020.
All of which is nothing new, more a case of getting back on track, but one thing I do want us to do in 2020 is dabble a wee bit in prose.
I’m sure we can handle it and that it isn’t the ritual de lo habitual. *sniff*
More details on this in the coming weeks but I see this splitting into:
- Novellas: I’d like us to publish one or two novellas each year going forward as they are a great form and in terms of literary fiction or a more poetic prose, I think they have their place, and
- Guppies: Running alongside the Sticklebacks, I thought it would be good to introduce our Guppies.
These will be single short stories, beautifully published in pamphlet/PDF download formats.
Again more details to follow.
And that is about it and congratulations if you got to the end.
I realise it is a wee bit of a navel gaze, but it never hurts to set your stall out and like most things in life, telling people means that you can’t just forget about it all and get lazy instead…
Of course the big thing I haven’t mentioned is our Cult. Everything that happens at Hedgehog is because of our brilliant Cult members who pay their membership fees and give us a basis to work from.
I’m really proud that we don’t have any funding from anybody else as it means that there is a freedom to publish as many people as we can and I hope have poets that earn a lot more from their writing than most.
I love the fact that the Cult members get to enter all of the competitions for ‘Free’ and that they will receive every single book and chapbook we publish, it is the coolest thing. It feels like a proper community now, it is the bestest of it all.
The Cult will continue to be limited to 100 members during 2020 as after all it is quite the deal
Right, who needs Oscar night?