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It's not a good time to sell a new title to a publisher. The economy's bad, many have cut back already, everyone's scared and everyone says they're not taking on new titles.

I went to the LBF to sell some of my own work, books by friends and Microhappy. The only success I had was with Microhappy. Two different places have expressed interest and will get back to me.

So it's probably a good time to tell you what I pitched. From that you'll know what we need from you to make it work.

Microhappy is a series of short pieces with accompanying images by the same person. Started here, about a third of it will have already been published on this site. The rest will be original work by the same writer-photographers. The sample book (ultimately to be one of 52; one for each week of the year) was chosen from a design perspective only.

If either of these publishers come through someone in the team will approach you as authors, ask the normal questions (do you want your work published for a percentage of any profits, will you guarantee it's your work etc). Then comes the fun stuff because we'll need much more material than we have and a lot of it needs to have not been published before.

Watch this space

(all design by Sprocket, the stories and shots are yours, this was a sample and will be reviewed if and when we get a formal contract)

Posted by Dhamaka

26th Apr 2009, 15:11  


cyberpunkdreams (rob-at-latenightpartnership-dot-com) says:

Looks good! I'm quite happy to see one of my stories featured there, although I'd much rather it was published under my real name (Rob Chant). I'd have to check that you have permission to use that image as well.

26th Apr 2009, 15:19

Dhamaka says:

We'll sort it all if-and-when we go formal. If necessary we can find out how you could shoot the shot or reproduce it and be legal about it - but let's not worry until we get a contract signed or decide formally to go ahead.

Sprocket made 2 of these because I thought it would be easier to sell if I could flash them around (it is - they're attractive to publishers because I gave them the impression we'd do almost all of the work which means less risk to them).

So don't do any work till JC or I let you know its worthwhile to do so.

That said, the future's looking good


26th Apr 2009, 15:24

cyberpunkdreams (rob-at-latenightpartnership-dot-com) says:

Don't get me wrong, it looks really great! It's just that that photo came from a stock site, and I'm pretty sure it's free for all use, just need to make 100% sure (I could also supply you with the original hi-res version if so).

26th Apr 2009, 15:36

Dhamaka says:

or take one of your own..
thank you - but really, we're not there yet so why not just wait and see

26th Apr 2009, 15:40

Sprocket says:

even I may be tempted to write a contribution, but I shall use my nom de plume, Lady Chatterley Plumcakes de Beauvoir

26th Apr 2009, 15:57

jc1000000 says:

Wow Dhamaka - that's AMAZING!

And it's a story in itself that people were interested despite the recession.

The book looks absolutely amazing. Sprocket has done a fantastic job - in fact you both have. Somehow when this was just an idea on paper i didn't register how good it could look!

26th Apr 2009, 16:06

jc1000000 says:

Lady Chatterley Plumcakes de Beauvoir, your design skills are exceedingly good! I'm surprised that the photo resolution was not a problem... but then seeing it it to scale against dhamaka's toe might explain it :)

26th Apr 2009, 16:11

I think a 12" x 18" coffee-table book would stretch the irony in "micro" to the breaking point, but what the hell. Let's go for it!

Fantastic work -- from JC's timely concept to Sprocket's fantastic design to Dhamaka's riding herd on the details and invaluable legwork (not to mention undeniable persuasiveness) -- and to all of us contributors who've produced something the world needs to see!


26th Apr 2009, 17:02

Dhamaka says:

*crossed fingers

It'll be interesting to see how all 52 of these look.. and what Sprocket will design to fit them in, because together they certainly aren't going to fit in someone's pocket!

26th Apr 2009, 17:19

Helen says:

Woah. Looks very spiffy. Great work : )

26th Apr 2009, 17:54

Viv says:

Hey this is fantastic!

26th Apr 2009, 18:04

Jane Doe says:

looks good

26th Apr 2009, 18:15

nige says:

Bloody good show everyone.

26th Apr 2009, 20:00

taniwha says:

Oh brilliant. Well done all.

26th Apr 2009, 20:13

Dhamaka says:

thank you for the HLs!

26th Apr 2009, 22:12

Sprocket says:

it was an absolute pleasure to work on this project because the contributors to MicroHappy are just so talented

I can't wait to see how this project progresses

26th Apr 2009, 22:26

Viv says:

Even though Helen contributed I didn't know about this group until yesterday and think I think all involved are amazing.

27th Apr 2009, 12:52

MaggieD says:

Oh wow! brilliant :)

27th Apr 2009, 20:13