Monday, 26 September 2011
The Poetry and Story Adoption Agency
So you know how I have all these untold stories and fragments of poetry constantly swirling around me ... and you know I'm not very good at getting round to writing them down ... well I've had an idea... I'm going to invite people to adopt my nascent poems and stories by giving me money on a Pay What You Want basis. In return I'll commit to writing down and finishing the poem or story and I'll also:
- send you a typewritten (yes, as in 'typed by my fair hand on a manual typewriter') copy of the finished poem/story (including copies of any illustrations).
- dedicate the poem/story to you and credit you with being responsible for bringing it into the world if I ever publish it in a book or similar.
- early adopters will also get sent one of the handwritten original drafts. Subsequent adopters will get a later handwritten draft or a facsimile copy depending on what's available.
Does that sound like an appealing idea? I feel like I'm perilously close to channelling the spirit of Derek Trotter as I try to turn my creative doings into something that will pay the bills but I like the idea of making money as part of the process rather than making things and then trying to flog the end product ... Does that make sense? Hello, is this on? < taps microphone > ;-)
Posted by Helen Harrop at 13:48