Saturday, April 20, 2013

Feel the Weight!

An advance (very advanced) copy of Book 3 arrived in the post today. So now I can finally put them together and look at nearly a decade of work all packed neatly into one place.



And here is a side view, just to show the combined thickness...


How good is that? What an amazing moment it is to see them all together. It's not without its sadness though, and a teensy weensy mite of anxiety. Will I be able to get something else published? I've spoken to lots of people who assume that once you get in print you've made it, but that isn't the case. You have your foot in the door, yes, and you have an advantage over others who don't have anything published. But you still have to write something good enough for a publisher to accept. It isn't a guaranteed thing.

Which is why I'm once again spending the late hours banging out a new manuscript. And if I say so myself, I'm starting to really like it, which is always a good thing.

On a completely different note, I did a wonderful signing at Dymocks Rundle Mall this morning. Hats off to a great team there, particularly Marion for putting it all together and Linda for setting me up such a great display (I hope I can pick up some photos soon to post) not to mention carrying my book around Rundle Mall spruiking it to all and sundry, and even talking some people into wandering into the store and buying both 1 and 2! Absolutely amazing.

I've done a few signings now, but I'm still getting used to them. The thing that always amazes me is that complete strangers are willing to come up to you and listen to you talk about your book, then actually hand over cold hard cash to buy it, when the only thing they know about it is what you've told them. Even when they don't buy it, people are almost always willing to chat and offer encouragement. It really restores my faith in human nature. And it also makes me desperate to do more signings, which I'm hoping to start organising over the next little while. As things get finalised I'll post details here (which I realised I neglected to do for today).