Here are the main details:
1. All UK bloggers are invited to select one post from their archives, suitable for inclusion in the book.
2. Because it's Comic Relief, the watchword here is Funny. So I'm looking for posts with a pronounced comedic content.
3. Please e-mail your permalinks to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can mail me with a tickled-up version of the original text.
4. The absolute final deadline is 6pm UK time on Wednesday evening (March 14) - but please send your stuff to me as soon as you can, as I’ll be assembling the book on the fly.
5. The book will be published through www.lulu.com - a site which specialises in self-publishing, and which doesn't require any upfront costs or pre-planning. Once they have the text, the book is more or less immediately ready to sell.
6. All money raised by sales - ie. minus the fees charged by the website - is donated to Comic Relief. I would expect to raise between 3 and 4 quid per book, as Lulu's charges hover around 4 or 5 quid (depending on page count).
All with me so far? Good. Now, here’s how you can help.
1. By publicising the event on your own blog, and asking your readers to pitch in with contributions. Please link directly to this URL: http://troubled-diva.com/labels/rednoseday.html
2. By contributing to the book itself.
3. By buying the book next Friday.
4. By pimping the book on your own blog, once it goes on sale.
If you’d like to contribute, then please follow these guidelines.
1. Brit bloggers only! You should be currently resident in the UK, or else an ex-pat Brit living abroad. (So, yes, foreign ex-pats in the UK are also welcome to join in.)
2. Please send me ONE POST ONLY. It’s your choice, not mine.
3. Posts should contain TEXT ONLY – we won’t be using pictures.
4. Posts should not include copyrighted material, e.g. song lyrics.
5. Short posts are preferable, i.e. under 1000 words. Absolute top whack maximum is 1500 words, if it's a really really good one.
6. Although a couple of us will be proof-reading, it would greatly assist if you could check and re-edit your posts for grammar/spelling/punctuation before submitting them.
7. When e-mailing, please tell me [Mike] the author name you'd like me to use. I know that many of you like to be anonymous on the web, and that's fine - but as Google doesn't index the printed page, this might be a suitable occasion to use your real name.
So, if you fancy picking out a favourite amusing post, you should do so. My only problem is that I can think of many people whose posts deserve to be in their - Marie is an obvious person to contribute, as is Clare; might I also suggest that JJ should consider forwarding a gem of hers as evidence of bittersweet hilarity (she would also benefit from being cheered and seen as cheering thanks to the bag thieving bastard)? There are almost too many people to list: and it is only British blogs, otherwise I would definitely be pointing out John at Counago and Spaves, who when he isn't finding funnies manages to write a mighty fine bit of funny in various guises.
So you see, I can think of all these people, but when it comes to it I can't think of a single example of my own funny from the ridiculously large archive of Rullsenberg. Maybe I'm not funny? Perhaps I only direct people to other people's funnies?
Hmm... Suggestions from readers welcome. And pass the word on! We can help Mike gather the best of Brit blog amusement for Red Nose Day.