After my August post saying I’d try to get some posts up I monumentally failed to add anything else. What a fickle one I am. I’ve been ‘busy’ (aka distracted, scattered, worried, having fun, having bad days and all in between) which comes with turning 25 (quarter life crisis anyone?), looking for a new publishing job and starting up my own freelance services.
I am doing things. Things that actually fit into the old Publishthings blog!
Remember when I used to do This Week in Numbers posts? (I think that’s what they were called? My memory, oh dear…) Well I was asked by the Society of Young Publishers Scotland committee to write weekly publishing news round ups for their blog in a similar manner to my old posts. And that I am. Check out the Weekly Round Up category on the SYP Scotland blog for weekly news round ups, posted every Monday lunch time.
For the last couple of weeks I have also been reading the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2015 shortlist for this year’s shadow panel. Again, remember when I was the sole reader/reviewer of the 2013 First Book Award category? (I reviewed the shortlist and summed up the awards here.) This year the society, in collaboration with SYP Scotland, has expanded the shadowing so each category has its own shadowing panel. In the past 3 weeks or so I’m reading about 2000 pages. That’s quite the feat for someone in a reading slump. I’ve read 2/5 books with 8 days to go. I’m not thinking about how many hundreds of pages I have to go. But I will have them done in time for our shadow panel meeting! I will I will I will…
I hope to throw up some brief reviews of the books in coming weeks. Teaser: The Book of Strange New Things = AMAZING. The Illuminations = meh. More to come…
Lastly, and very much most importantly…
In exasperation of the publishing job search struggle I decided to finally take matters into my own hands and set up a freelance publishing service called FloJo Services. (My full name is Laura Florence Jones, hence the name. Clever, huh? Don’t answer that.)
I’m offering full novel typesetting, ebook creation, promotional advice, website set up and more for authors & publishers as well as writing and artwork services that, despite not falling exactly into the publishing category, I still enjoy doing and want to offer.
TELL ALL YOUR AUTHORLY AND PUBLISHY FRIENDS. SEND THEM TO MY SITE. TELL THEM THEIR CAREER DEPENDS ON ME. Or something less intense. Y’know. Whatever. I’m easy.
So that’s me. I make no promises to keep Publishthings regularly updated but I thought I’d point any remaining previous readers in the right direction(s). I hope you’ll come find me.