It’s almost done. The files have been sent to the printer. Media kits are being released, and community leaders are being contacted. Facebook ad campaigns are in full swing. Posters are being hung throughout my community. Am I nervous? Yes, I am. But the hard work is done. All the wheels are turning, and it’s almost time to shine.
This will be the first time that I publish other people’s writings. It’s more nerve-racking than publishing my own because if I mess up my work, it only affects me. This time my endeavours will shape the writing careers of my friends. It was my goal to highlight the brilliance of my peers. I have said for years that BC is a hotbed of literary talent. And now I’m about to prove it.
I’m proud of the collection I put together. It was a unique experience for my friends. I told them from the start that whatever story or poem they submitted would automatically be entered. They were offered a freedom authors seldom receive; they were free to say whatever they wanted to.
I had to have faith in my friends. Much like they had to trust in me. The final product is what I had set it out to be, a showcase of local talent.
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