Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix had a great day at So Vintage London at Old Spitalfields market yesterday. The truth is that this is probably our favourite market!
The logistics are incredibly easy (get into car/A13/arrive), you get a buzz the whole day because you are in the middle of that fabulous city that is London.
Our pitch was fantastic, with a lot of space to get creative with our tables and create a colourful and attractive stall. We had changed the layout of the stalls and we had tweaked our stock - and we had a lot of interest, people really looked and browsed and even asked us when we'd be back, which is fantastic.
Unfortunately, we cannot post any pictures of the day as WE HAD FORGOTTEN OUR CAMERA! But trust us, the stalls looked fab.
I now need to stock up on more books about vintage fashion and classic icons - my "Marilyn Monroe in fashion" book lasted less than an hour on the stall!
We hope to be back at Old Spitalfields market on November 1st (we booked some holidays and a local event ages ago for September and October!).
But Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing have been discussing the possibility of getting a monthly slot at Old Spitalfields in order to build up an audience/custom from 2015. Watch this space!
There is a small review of the Shorelines literary festival written by Carya Gish in issue 16 of Southend's cultural magazine, Level 4 (a longer report from the festival can be found HERE).
This should have been a printed magazine, but unfortunately the editor didn't receive enough advertising revenue to pay for the printing. The magazine is available to read online HERE.
There are quite a few interesting articles in there so make sure you go and have a read!
It is nearly the end of the year and Arcane Publishing goes into plotting mode for the next few weeks...
Arcane Publishing was born in July 2012, and in April 2013, we published our first book, I Am a Muse, by Carya Gish and attended our first literary festival!
We still have a lot to learn about the publishing business and we are taking things very, very slowly, especially as we prefer to support independent booksellers, don't publish e-books and don't want to get ripped off by big distributors and online shops.
So here is what we are going to do:
Carya Gish needs to find some time to finish that very late first draft of The Book of Thoth... This is what happens when authors need to work at something else to pay the bills! But we are adamant that our second novel should be out by next December, and therefore The Book of Thoth will be out next autumn.
Some further work on our publishing plan will involve planning for The Right Place, including applying for an Arts Council Grant - if we manage to understand the very complicated application form... We would like this book to be published in early 2016 at the latest.
Also next year, we will be promoting I Am a Muse and Arcane Publishing in London and expanding the second-hand book side of things.
Arcane Publishing will book stalls at various events over the next year, some will be in collaboration with Matt ArtPix, but we also would like to book our own space whenever possible in order to give the imprint a little bit more visibility.
We will be doing a book listing in this website ready for early next year.
And we need to think about the feasibility of an online shop!
In the meantime, head to Carya Gish's blog where she will carry on blogging about writing, culture, music and more in the next few weeks...
See you all in 2014!
Anyone else has seen the 6-page feature about Southend in The Sunday Times Magazine?
Go HERE for images of the feature - there are a few familiar places and faces in there!
We at Arcane Publishing are really chuffed by what is happening... Let's make sure Southend becomes THE place to be for creatives...
*Update*: you can read the full article on Metal's website HERE.
There was a lovely review of I Am a Muse in the Village Green special edition of the culture magazine Level 4.
We had also paid for an advert in the mag - seen below, strategically placed opposite the review!
Our designer extraordinaire Matt ArtPix also had an ad for his vintage-inspired art! :-)
Oh, and we had a lovely day...
This Saturday is Village Green, the arts and music festival organised by Metal Southend.
The culture magazine Level 4 has produced a pocket edition of the mag, and in there, you should find a review of I Am a Muse, as well as an ad for Arcane Publishing and one for Matt ArtPix!
Tomorrow, Sunday 7th July, Arcane Publishing will be at the Maldon Motor Show. We will not be selling I Am a Muse, but we will have our great range of second-hand books: cinema, entertainment, classic cars, glamourous Hollywood stars, football,... And of course, Matt ArtPix will be selling his range of vintage-inspired art (read his blog about the event HERE)!
Next week, we will be posting some exciting news about I Am a Muse and we will start the count down to Shorelines: literature festival of the sea!
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