[Salient points #9] When one door closes…

Sunshine can be quite unsettling in the rainy city*. A dry and cool, let’s call it 9-karat, sunshine lights the world outside my window. The leafless branches of the oak tree, spied at eye level from my ‘writing room’ in the loft, are showing a hint of buds – unless those twigs are peppered with disease. Something peculiar in the air suggests it is time for another ‘coffee break’ brief instalment of my ongoing compendium of potentially useful pointers for writers (and, after Vonnegut, any aliens visiting Earth).

What popped into my head is a paraphrasing of Gramsci: be pessimistic of mind; optimistic of will. In other words: when one door closes, another opens.

My most recent, albeit very tame, example…

I had approached MSF (UK office) with a future gazing enquiry: to ask them to register their organisation on the LeanPub platform as a charitable ’cause’. That way I (and indeed any other writer, in future) could choose to share with the charity some revenues from a particular book. In my case, I am drafting my debut full-length novel, live and direct, on LeanPub whose tagline, or motto, is “publish early, publish often”.

Alas, I partially quote the MSF rep’s warm and gracious response:

As a very small fundraising team we have very little capacity to administer donations from the huge amount of online platforms that are now used by supporters to give money to charities. For this reason MSF UK has taken the decision not to sign up with any new online platforms for the time being.

We are incredibly grateful that you want to support us…

And so it goes. When one door closes, another opens. The intention with the Coup project remains steadfast: once finished, to grow a readership and distribute as widely as possible and – yes – to share any revenues with the wholly independent, non-partisan, utterly inspirational, medical charity MSF.

Meanwhile, if I can just find the perfect literary agent and/or the right scale of publisher…

(*) A moniker for Manchester, England, widely used in the UK.


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