Imagine having a pair of old bedroom slippers that you have worn for the past five years. It is tattered, and you are sure that the sole may fall off very soon. However, you have decided that you are not too willing to let go as it is oh so comfortable. It has become a routine for you to slip your feet in it as you ease off the bed and you lazily trod to the bathroom to begin your morning preparations. In seeing the state of your slippers, a friend decides to gift you with a new one. Here you are in a dilemma. The old one has the comfort you desire as it has over the years conformed to the shape of your foot; the new one seems so appealing, as it is flawless and beautiful. If you are like me, you would probably continue to wear the old one, and put on the new one when the friend who gifted it to you visits or when you have other special guests. The idea is, not because you have something new, you should discard the old.
Many allegories could be used other than the one above. How about an idea you had for a story that you have swept to the back of your mind? Or maybe you have an unfinished manuscript for some non-fiction book you were trying to put together? The idea is that at times we forget about those things or ideas we had before – maybe viewing them as archaic. Our goal is about embracing the new?!
Even before the close of the year, we begin to think about all the new adventures that we would or could embark on for the upcoming calendar year. It’s a tradition that is deeply ingrained in many societies, no matter when the new year is celebrated. So, consider the end of the year, a time to cross all “i’s” and dot all “t’s” before skipping the page to begin writing on a new leaf. You skip the page, and there you have before you, a clean slate.
Even though physically writing with pen and paper may seem to be a thing of the past, there is one sure thing. (Oh, I remember the many years of keeping a journal; hidden from my mother, of course!) When writing on the page, the imprint of what was written before is seen on the new leaf. The symbolism is that even though we would like to start with a new slate, sometimes wanting to forget the mistakes, missteps, or even things we wish we could have done better, the past remains a reality. It’s not that it is wished that all things in the past have been forgotten about, for there are projects that are incomplete or possibly near completion; so, the baby is not thrown out with the bathwater! However, the new year is almost synonymous with “bigger and better things to come!” For this new year (2020), it is special in many ways as we are not only celebrating the beginning of a new year but the beginning of a new decade.
This is the same for Tamarind Hill Press. The new year for the company signifies new ventures. But most importantly, it signifies a new approach to doing “old things” – the same excellent service that we have been providing, now taken up a notch. Which well thinking company wouldn’t place within its strategic planning ways to improve? The planning stage for the new year could be simple for individuals. Let’s consider doing a SWOT analysis – examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Simply put, looking at everything that took place beforehand and analyzing to put forth a strategy in moving forward. So, it is at this time that deep analysis and reflection takes place.
This approach applies to authors as well. If you are like me, you may have two of both – one old and one new. For I would admit that if it’s not broken, it’s not tossed. Having the new does not mean that the old is thrown away or forgotten, but it is also embraced, appreciated, and also seen as a learning tool in which lessons could be acquired from the experience of its use. Dust off those old manuscripts and revisit them. You may see it from a different perspective and see where it could be improved upon. What works from the past – your own or those of other authors – that may influence you to create something fresh and invigorating for readers?
The message is clear! Celebrating the new year does not mean that the old is forgotten, whether these are pleasant memories or not. It means that the “old” is respected, and the new is welcomed so that there is an amalgamation of both, to create something in which the past is appreciated, and the future is embraced.
In light of this, we would like to say how much we appreciate the authors who have made Tamarind Hill Press their choice. The decision to have us work along with you throughout the writing and publishing process has been a tremendous and exhilarating experience. This post would not be complete without us giving special mention to the authors who have already had their work published with us. Congratulations to Daniele Kasper, Robert Ellis and Suzette Walker, our authors who will be published this month.
We also welcome new authors to the Tamarind Hill Press Family. You are welcome to submit your work to us too. So, if you are a writer that needs an editor and/or publisher or a bookseller that needs our assistance, we will be most happy to offer our services. Let’s make a new start together – new year, new literary works. Happy writing!
Written by Sheryl Williams-Davis