Thursday, 26 May 2016

Writing - Shakespeare and Potter

As it is a significant literary event for this country (UK) I felt that sharing the information about Shakespeare was relevant.

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A selection of work by William Shakespeare considered the "Holy Grail of book collections" is to go on display.
The first four folios of the Bard's plays will appear at Blackburn Museum.
The exhibition includes a copy of the 1623 First Folio - the first printed collection of the plays - of which there are only 234 surviving copies.
It will join copies of the second, third and fourth folios bequeathed to the town by industrialist Edward Hart.
Blackburn councillor Damian Talbot said the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death gave "an opportunity to shine the light on some of our cultural gems".

Shakespeare's First Folio
  • The Bard wrote 37 plays, 36 of which are contained in the First Folio
  • It was compiled seven years after the writer's death by two of his fellow actors and friends, John Heminges and Henry Condell
  • It is believed about 750 copies of the First Folio were printed
  • Without the First Folio, 18 of Shakespeare's plays - including Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Tempest - might never have survived
  • The 1623 First Folio is on loan from Stonyhurst College

Useful information about the Bard - you're never too old to learn. However, he is not the only literary colossus to have a significant anniversary.

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Beatrix Potter

It is the 150th birthday of the great lady who could well be one of the great inspirations to self-publishing authors. 

On December 16th 1901 the 35 year old Potter was so fed up with receiving rejection letters that she decided to take matters into her own hands and self-publish 250 copies of her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was printed with 41 black and white woodblock engravings and a colour frontispiece, and proved so successful that, within a year, it had been picked up by one of the six publishers who had originally turned it down. By Christmas of 1902, Frederick Warne had sold 20,000 copies of the book, with Potter's own watercolour illustrations, at 1 shilling, and 1/6d for a luxury clothbound edition.

Beatrix was still a person who wanted to retain control over the look of her work and couldn't agree with Warne and so self-published her next work. A real inspiration. The important point for all self-published authors is to keep writing. Breaking into the establishment world of publishing may never happen in the normal way, but producing a popular book without their input is always worth the effort. If you have something to say then say it.

God Bless