Hello friends from around the globe!
We are down to the wire…less than 24 hours to go until submissions close for the first issue of the paperbook magazine!!
You have until midnight tonight in whatever country you are based in to get your submissions in. I’m not going to say ‘midnight in Australia’ because for some of you, you will be just getting out of bed! (If you enjoy a decent sleep in…)
So wherever you are in the world, you have less than 24 hours to get those final pieces finished and sent my way.
Which brings me to my next point…
Where In The World Are You?
Each day I check my stats and marvel over the fact that people in Lebanon, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Serbia etc. etc. are reading my humble words.
People in countries I have not yet had the privilege of travelling to are connecting with me through this blog, and I think that is absolutely amazing. And that is going to be the beauty of this magazine, that it is a collection of work spanning the globe, representing all people in all countries everywhere. Don’t you think that is extremely cool?
So, I have decided to include your country along with your bio, to fully demonstrate the diversity that is contained within this magazine. A lot of contributors have included their country in their bio already, but if you haven’t, please email it through to me or write it in the comments. And for those of you finishing up your piece to send it in today, please include your country with it.
You don’t have to include your city or any specifics, and I would like it to be the country you are currently living in, rather than your country of birth. Of course if you would prefer to include your country of birth that’s fine, but I want to create a snap shot of exactly where the pieces included in the magazine are winging their way from.
To that end, I also need to include a quick note on editing in here. I live in Australia, therefore I am editing the magazine using Australian English.
Don’t worry, this isn’t some unreadable slang along the lines of ‘howyagarn’ or ‘Straya’ or ‘strewth’, the majority of us don’t speak like that. In public anyway.
Rather, it is very slight spelling differences, specifically to American spelling. So it is ‘colour’ instead of ‘color’, ‘realise’ instead of ‘realize’, and so on. It might seem insignificant but I really don’t want you to think I am making spelling errors in the magazine! I have had to edit some people’s work to conform to Australian spelling, and for that, I am sorry…but it is important that the magazine is uniform throughout.
So, that’s it from me.
I am having an absolute ball putting this magazine together so far, I hope it will be a treat for the eyes as well as the mind.
I want to say, once again, THANKYOU to everyone for your outstanding support. It has absolutely blown me away, I must admit. I had tentative visions of releasing a five page magazine with a couple of entries from other people, but needless to say that idea is history. The sheer amount of submissions and messages of encouragement from everyone has been second to none, it has truly been both touching and humbling. I really hope that together we can make this magazine a huge success, and it will lead on to bigger and better things for us all!
You are amazing. You are incredible. You rock my world. Thank you.