We are pleased to say that the LRC anthology This Is How It Is is on track, with the expected date for printing in May. We've been advised by our publisher at Jacana to hold the date of the launch for a few weeks after publication to ensure that the books have been distributed and are available in book shops around SA. So we don't have an exact date yet, but you will know as soon as we do.
Our executive committee is meeting on 21st April to plan marketing, which Jacana will be helping us with, which will include launches in as many centres as we can, newspaper, radio and television interviews, slots at book fairs, articles in magazines and newspapers, and talks at book clubs and other forums. We have already been promised a slot for the poets in the anthology to appear at the MacGregor Poetry Festival in August, and will be on a panel at the Open Book Festival in September in Cape Town. And Sara-Jayne King has offered to have us on her book show. We will be in touch with more details.
If you have any contacts in the world of radio, television, newspapers, or friends who review or who have blogs about books, etc, please let us know. We are a merry but small band, and need all the help we can get to promote the book, and the work of the Life Righting Collective. Essentially, we all need to work together to knock everyone's socks off about this fantastic book. Funds that we raise from selling the book will go towards distributing free copies to under-resourced schools and community libraries, and towards the cost of publishing a second anthology, hopefully next year.
It is important that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing, so please let us know if you have a contact who is willing to do a feature or any kind of promotion once the book is out. Email email@example.com with details please.
Now we need to let people know what lies in store for them. Please keep checking our Life Righting Collective Facebook Page , and share relevant info about the book with EVERYONE as soon as we post it.
Thank you to everyone who has been so enthusiastic and willing to help get this anthology off the ground. We're about to take off. Watch the sky!