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U3A is a university in the older, original sense of people coming together for the pleasure of learning and sharing knowledge. There are no examinations and the only qualification for joining is a desire to learn and/or teach with others who have similar interests.
The North Norfolk U3A caters for retired or semi-retired people and it is run as a voluntary, self-help organisation; with a membership of circa 700. It is one of over 1000 autonomous U3As in the UK. North Norfolk U3A geographically encompasses Fakenham, Holt, Sheringham and Cromer as well as all their outlying villages
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Members Christmas lunch
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NNU3A November meeting
At our meeting on Thursday 17th November we heard a detailed and fascinating account of the “bumpy ride” which can arise in trying to get a book published. The speaker was none other than our Chairman, Edward Hackford, whose wide and varied career not only included being Chief Executive of St. Albans but more latterly had incorporated over 20 trips to Eastern Europe and parts of the less developed world ,overseeing the electoral process for the UN and other bodies.. These later experiences had exposed Edward to the deprivation of ordinary people and the brutality of the regimes in Moldova and Kosovo. He explained that his 2011 novel about illegal immigration titled “Deadly Consignment “was started when a whole chapter formed in his head during a disturbed night in a hotel in Georgia. After that the story began to write itself, taking four years to completion.
However, it became clear that the struggle of writing was by no means the end of the story. The Yearbook of the Joint Society of Authors was recommended as the start point for the uninitiated. Entry to the commercial publishing world requires the employment of a literary agent, a species so selective in their choice of client that he calculated a 5000 to 1 chance of success. Even JK Rowling suffered 27 rejections and Richard Adams 56!
The alternative route of self-publishing offered many ways of being fleeced through upfront payments. Edward recounted how he had been let down by a company which had taken his money, demanded numerous editorial changes and had then sold the company, including his manuscript through a dubious commercial transaction. Only Edward’s intrepid detective work had rescued the book for ultimate successful publication with Acorn books, showing that there are good self-publishers offering excellent service.
We also heard Melanie Hilton’s voice of experience in the audience which pleaded for potential authors to understand the difference between copyright and the rights of the Author, so that the author did not inadvertently lose the rights to use the story for films, audio and other forms of media.
Edward’s experience showed that the right self-publisher will offer a route through to sales in the big chains through Waterstone’s and on-line through Amazon. Selling 2000 copies and beating Alan Titchmarsh to the number one slot , at least in St. Albans , was appreciated by the audience as being a just reward for a great deal of creativity and determination. Copies of the well-reviewed “Deadly Consignment” are available from Edward or via Amazon.