Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The Short Stories: Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky is another Very Limited Edition from 2004, and features fourteen short stories in Scots and English.

Sheena's foreword to the booklet discusses the challenges of writing in Scots, and the often frustrating quest to find a publisher outside the sphere of local presses. It contains some valuable advice for any new writer.

Sheena produced an astonishing wealth of material during her years at the Elphinstone Institute, and decided to publish the work herself rather than see it wait patiently unpublished in a drawer: "You'll lose money on the venture, but the general public will actually buy your work and hopefully read it. If the thought of losing money appals you, you should examine the reasons behind why you are actually writing... Is it to become rich and famous? Write in English then. Possibly for Mills and Boon."

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