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So I wrote a book

Well actually, I contributed a chapter to What Do We Mean By Local published by abramis ISBN 9781845495404. I was approached by the editors and asked if I would like to contribute to the book, the invitation came just after the announcement from The Journalism Foundation about their support for Pits n Pots. So I thought […]

Well actually, I contributed a chapter to What Do We Mean By Local published by abramis ISBN 9781845495404.

I was approached by the editors and asked if I would like to contribute to the book, the invitation came just after the announcement from The Journalism Foundation about their support for Pits n Pots. So I thought why not, it would be good to write something up about Pits n Pots and the journey we had made thus far, and it can't be hard to write between 3000 & 5000 words can it? Yes it can!

To cut a long story short, I wrote some words, sent them off and they were sub edited most excellently and made me look like a coherent writer when I got them back. The book went to print and there was a launch event in London at the end of March. Sadly I couldn't make it to the launch due to it being the day before the Pits n Pots relaunch so I made my apologies.

A day or two later I got an E-mail asking me to send my address to someone at abramis so my complementary copy of the book could be mailed to me, as I wasn't at the launch to collect it in person. I duly E-mailed my address (I got no acknowledgement of my E-mail) and waited all expectantly for this fine work, with contributions from some of the countries finest journalists, academics, hyperlocal publishers and me to arrive.

It didn't, so after a week I mailed the editor to say it hadn't arrived, the response was give them (the publishers) a nudge they can be a bit tardy.

So I gave the publishers another nudge again I heard nothing back from them.

It is over 2 weeks since I was asked for my address so my copy of the book could be sent to me and still no sign of it so today I mailed them again, with a little more sarcasm.

Hello Publisher,

do you actually exist? I have not even had the most cursory of replies from you which I find disappointing. If I offered to buy my 'complementary' copy of the book that I contributed to would this receive some form of response from you?

Editor, you may gather that I am getting a little fractious about this now. I am having people ask me about the book, I got all excited about being a published author printed on bits of real dead tree and told my family and friends all about it, they actually think now I am some Billy Liar Walter Mitty hybrid and that is never a good way for a mother to think of her first born son….

Seriously, oh I can't be bothered to waste any more time on this……..

I don't think that is is too much to expect to get a simple reply to an E-mail, which in fairness I was asked to send, it's not like I am asking for anything that hasn't been offered to me.

The editor sent an E-mail in response asking the publisher to

oblige Mr Angry of Stoke with a copy of the local book

I certainly wasn't angry but just a tad annoyed that

  1. I've not been sent a copy as promised
  2. I've not got a copy to read, because I'm genuinely interested in the content
  3. I've been asked to promote the book to help boost sales (my chapter along with all the others (I assume)) was written and given for free, which I have no problem with but I can't promote something I haven't had sight of. Unless of course I just want to go me me me me, look what I wrote, which to be fair is hardly going to excite anyone in to buying a copy is it?

If you have any interest in Hyperlocal publishing in the UK then I'd suggest that, What Do We Mean By Local will be an interesting read and you should get a copy. I hear the publishers are very good.

I was going to write something pithy about it being just slightly larger than McNaes Essential Law For Journalists (20 Edition) which is slightly too large to fit in your jacket pocket. Or that at an estimated 1lb in weight it is unlikely to make an effective door stop, but that would be misconstrued as anger rather than childish sarcasm.

I'll publish my words later on today so you can have a read, you can also read an adaptation of the chapter by Richard Jones from the excellent Saddleworth News on the BBC College of Journalism site, along with an interesting discussion about advertising on Hyperlocal sites.

I'm off to tell my family about the time I flew a Lancaster Bomber on a raid….

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