It’s hard to believe perhaps, but the labour of love that is my other booky place, Shiny New Books, had its sixth birthday this week.
We recruited other bloggers, authors and friends to write longform reviews and articles for us, and we were away. You can read more about the Shiny story here. Each quarter we were publishing between 70 and 100 pieces!
When Simon and Victoria moved on to do other things, Harriet and I kept on, moving to the twice weekly format we still have now, where we publish one or two pieces each Tuesday and Thursday, with a month off at Christmas, which keeps it more manageable.
Many other contributors have popped in now and then, found us and asked to join the team, been pestered by the Eds and given in – they’ve come to us via any amount of different avenues. Each brings their own personality to their pieces and we’re profoundly grateful to each and every one of you – there are far too many now to name-check everyone here sadly, but thank you! We’re also indebted to the many authors and publishers that let us ask questions, twist arms for pieces, supply review copies too.
Which brings me to my new project – to archive Shiny. Blame the coronavirus and the anxiety it is causing! While I’m currently well, and doing my utmost best to socially distance and get food in the house, poor Boris going into intensive care has really made me feel more mortal than usual. It struck me that if anything did happen to me, Shiny’s domain, which I ‘own’, may be let go rather than renewed. We’ve never archived it formally in any other form other than a website backup, so I feel the need to preserve it in another format.
As support staff, I’ve been furloughed from school for now, so instead of spending hours looking aimlessly looking at memes and tags, and rather than do the Adobe training I’ve signed up for (too much like proper work!), I’ve started transcribing the contents of Shiny into magazines in Word, then pdf-ing them. Now, using the free version of Issuu, I’ve made flipbooks of Issue 1. I split it into two because there’s just under 160 pages! So I’ve split it between Fiction and NF/Reprints/BookBuzz.
The flipbooks are great fun, here they are:
I will be sharing the pdfs with all contributors who have gmail addresses, and can email pdfs to others by request – you can find my email address up top (take out the spaces).
For Issue two, I’ll snazz it up a bit more I think… There is just so much text. I used a few other photos to break it up a little, but it really needs more formatting. The key thing though is to get the content into a preservable format. Should I go down a font size from 11 to 10 in Calibri (or another font)? Any suggestions would be welcome.
Meanwhile, enjoy the flipbooks – and see how much good stuff we published back in April 2014.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHINY!