"Editors can get obsessive about words. Writers too. When you're both a writer and an editor, the obsession can become unhealthy. I ask myself what does it matter if someone uses the word disinterested when what they really mean is uninterested?"
"Editors have their own quirky likes and dislikes. I hate embossed text on a cover, especially if it's in silver or gold. If you ever see an IRON Press cover thus adorned, you will know Peter Mortimer has been replaced by an alien, (hurrah, say some) and the extraterrestrial invasion has started...."
Forget the Awards, says IRON Press Editor Peter Mortimer.
"Fancy the job of small press editor? Fine. There's no entry qualification, no interview, no career ladder, no organised structure. You just wake one morning and decide to do it. Good luck!"
Peter Mortimer spills the beans about the life of a small publisher.
"A blog for Inpress? Why not? Traditionally, I've done this kind of writing for various print organs as a columnist. It's something I've always loved doing. Writing a regular weekly column puts a frame round your life and helps you make sense of it - so it's as much for my own benefit as that of the reader. Yet print publications are now in such a parlous state, that freelance columnists are becoming history. Denied a print column outlet, I fret around the house. Meantime, I find myself writing for various blog sites. Why does it not feel the same? Why is the sense of anticipation more muted?..."
For over five years, Peter Mortimer's weekly column, Mortimer at Large, appeared in the Whitley Bay News Guardian; a collection of those columns has now been published by Iron Press / North Tyneside Libraries.
Publication date: 24th January 2008.
"These coruscating columns... he writes wonderfully well."
Read a review by Mike Amos in the Northern Echo.