everyone thinks they can
travel stories the exemplar nadir
a cycling saga once read
London to New Zealand
via Iran, China, Vietnam, the Nullabor
I awake – tired and dehydrated
I pedal, hot countryside, headwinds, vindictive bureaucracy
I feel exhausted into my tent –
for 300 pages.
an industry with more producers than consumers
the webpage gave advice
a list of sympathetic publishers
looking for difference, for originality
submissions – twice annually
double-spaced – Arial or new Roman 12 pt
3- 6 months dependent on volume – could be longer.
One publisher offers choice
1) as above – and wait until contacted
2) take a sample of work to nearest bookshop
remove all clothing
proceed to read out loud.
“Our representatives will appear shortly – they’ll be wearing blue.