It’s STF time again and a reminder that the next meeting is Thursday 21st of April at the usual time and place 7:30pm at the Wash Bar on The Mound.
Cover Design Talk
We’ve got a treat coming up in this month, and a break from the norm, as designer and illustrator Mark Mechan has agreed to come and talk to us about his design process for book covers. You can find his website, with some of the images he’ll be taling about, here: http://redaxedesign.jimdo.com/books/
Any other (short) submissions?
Mark has said his talk will cover about half an hour, which I’m sure we will lengthen with copious questions and discussion.
However, this may leave a bit more time so if anyone has a short submission which they’d like discussed, please send it to me asap and I’ll distribute it to the group. I’m aware I’ve left it a bit late for such an announcement, and it’s not the end of the world if we don’t have another item, but if you’ve been sitting on a piece which you’d previously thought was too short for a regular submission – now’s your chance!
Other Agenda Items
Stranger Than Fiction: The Panel Game
Well, the big agenda item this month was our sell-out show at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, “Stranger Than Fiction: The Panel Game”. That’s right, it sold out! The show went very well and we had some great interaction with the audience. There’s even been talk that we might want to re-spin the format for other festivals, now that we know that the format works. In case you’re wondering, the whole thing with STV didn’t happen in the end, but on reflection we all agreed that this was probably a good thing.
Mailchimp Emails and Submission Security
If you’re on the mailing list you may have noticed that the format of our email newsletters seem a little different from usual. This is because I’ve written it using Mailchimp. Following our discussions about security of submissions at last month’s meeting, we have decided to give this a try and see if it works for us.
With Mailchimp, the rotating chair will receive the login details for the Mailchimp account and a link to an unlisted YouTube video where I explain how to send the emails and submissions (it’s really easy to use but I know it can be helpful to have a brief, visual explanation of how to use new software). From a “submission security” perspective, this will help us in three ways. Firstly, the submissions will be downloadable through a link and the files themselves will be deleted by the rotating chair when they send out the meeting minutes. This means that nobody on the list will retain a copy indefinitely without having downloaded the file, which was raised as a general concern during the last meeting. Secondly, it will give us a better idea of how many people are actually downloading the files. Finally, using Mailchimp will hopefully reduce the potential for spam sent to mailing list members.
Right, that’s more than enough waffle from me.
See you next week, and please let me know if you have a suitably short submission so I can send it out asap.
Alex Owen-Hill (April 2016 chair)