It’s been a great couple of weeks! America came to its senses; Biden pledged to re-join the Paris Agreement; real-life COVID-19 vaccines were announced; Scotland actually qualified for a major football tournament! And now Blackwater Press has launched its first short story contest … 2020 might be finally turning around!
In light of this, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped Blackwater Press get off the ground. On both sides of the Atlantic there have been so many people that have contributed in some way – or roped into it by one of us – and we are sure this list will only grow.
So, in no particular order, enormous thanks to:
Edinburgh University/Edinburgh Innovations for trusting us with their grant, Iain MacDonald for being our first author, Mandie Peterson for her work on our logo, Anna and Helen Reid for their website help, Susan Reid for her typing, Eilidh Muldoon for her incredible artwork, Meyer, Ford & Glasser, PLLC and Clinton Family Dental for their contest sponsorship, Baillie McLean for his brilliant work on our social media, Larry Ford and Debra Hutcheson for keeping us legal, Robert Davidson from Sandstone Press for his sage advice, Phil Dunshea and Alison Mero for their publishing industry guidance, everyone who has followed us and shared our posts across the various platforms, all of the many readers for their reports on manuscripts, and many more.
Finally, to all those who have pre-ordered books, chosen to use our editorial consultancy, submitted their manuscripts to us or entered our competition, at the end of the day this is what makes small press publishing possible, and so we thank you for that. We know that this has not been an easy year for anyone, but seeing that people are still as interested in literature as ever has given us the determination to publish the best titles and offer the finest editing for years to come.
Final thanks to Buford – Elizabeth's cow – for modelling for our blog.