I’ve just sent back the proofs for my pamphlet to Peter Sansom. Peter sent them to me last week, and I got back to him with some slight amendments, so this is the second time that I’ve looked through them.
I heard horror stories from various poets who had their pamphlets/books published by other presses with mistakes in them, or editors who don’t even bother to send proofs through etc etc.
However, Ann and Peter Sansom have been absolutely amazing with their attention to detail and how thorough they have been.
hen I won the competition, I obviously knew I would have my pamphlet published. I knew I would win £500. I knew I would also get a year’s subscription to Ambit, and a £10 voucher to use on the Inpress website.
I didn’t know that just as importantly, I would also have the wonderful experience of someone taking time to really look at my work. A couple of weeks ago, I went over to Sheffield to meet Ann Sansom to go through the pamphlet. It was a great experience – there was time for editing, looking at the many different colours for the cover and time for lunch and numerous cups of tea, and time to browse all the books and magazines in the office.
The whole experience has been fab, and I would really recommend anybody to enter the competition. Simon Armitage is the judge this year apparently. If you are lucky enough to be one of the winners, you’ll be well looked after.
The pamphlet launch is on May 26th at The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, alongside the other three winners, Suzannah Evans (whose poem will be appearing as the Sunday poem this week), Rosie Shepperd and Julie Mellor.