Note: to keep my half of this blog alive, I've decided to post my occasional Valley Press email newsletters on here too. Enjoy! - J.M.
As another year of flat-out publishing comes to a close, I look back on
2014 with a modest amount of pride, and a lot of hope for the future -
2015 is going to be huge. But we're not there yet. I've managed
to publish two more 2014 books since the November newsletter, and I
feel strangely compelled to tell you about them...
A Pocketful of Windows
is an anthology of powerful, original and accessible poetry from
writers in North and East Yorkshire; selected, edited and arranged by VP
author Felix Hodcroft. The RRP is just £3.99, for which you get 66 poems by 36 poets; aged between 16 and 92, including familiar names and first-timers.
Though formal reviews have yet to arrive, we've had some incredibly positive reactions at the various launch events for Pocketful;
and more than 300 copies have been sold so far. You'll be hearing a lot
more about this book in future I'm sure - but until then, you can read a
sample and more information here.
Ink Lines imprint, selected and edited by the team at Dead Ink books
(particularly, on this occasion, David Tait) and brought into the
physical world by Valley Press. It's a marvellous pamphlet of poems by
Richard O'Brien entitled A Bloody Mess; newsletter readers can see an exclusive sample here.
If you're not a regular visitor to our esteemed homepage, you may not know that there is a special offer on the go: any two books for £12, with free postage. This won't be around for long, so head over there and make the most of it. (Top tip: when ordering, look out for a prompt that says 'Click 'add' and name your two books now'
- that's the important bit.) This is the first ever 'multibuy' offer on
the VP site: if it's successful there may be more in future, so there's
an incentive if you needed one!
In previous years I have kept my head down and worked through the
festive season - pausing only for a sip of champagne on New Year's Eve -
but this year I am attempting to genuinely take some time off. This is
not simply so I can put my feet up and forget about dispersing quality
literature for a while; I am getting married on the 22nd December, and
it will be nice to actually see the new Mrs McGarry face-to-face, rather
than from behind a big pile of book proofs (which is the usual
Valley Press will close down at 5pm on Wednesday 17th December, and
re-open on Tuesday 6th January; but do feel free to email and order
books during that time, I'll catch up when I get back. As for everyone
who is waiting eagerly for news and developments on future projects ...
just hang in there folks.
All the best,
(Valley Press Editor)