omgits(notquite)abook

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Wednesday's mail brought a lovely surprise: a book from my publisher.

My book!

The reading copies are printed and bound, and my lovely editor thought I might like to see a copy. I would post a photo but that would show off the cover, which my publisher has asked me not to do until before October, so for now you'll simply have to take my word that it is shiny and, furthermore, shiny.

Although I must say it is very surreal to be sitting at my desk, working on the proofs of a book that appears, according to the evidence of my eyes, to be already published.

7 thoughts on “omgits(notquite)abook

  1. Hooray! That's really cool. As for surreality – you should be glad it's a copy of the first book that arrived and not say, the third. Of course, if the third *had* arrived, it'd save you a lot of work.

  2. Jeff: I know, the secrecy is killing me. I just want to crow about the cover. Still, must wait.

    Jan: Considering there is as yet no third book, that would be very surreal indeed! But now I want that to happen. Think of the lack of work involved! It's giddying!

  3. Congratulations! Although yes, that would be a little surreal. Is that a sneak peek to the left of the page? If so, consider me tantalised. 🙂
    Actually, I have a question I should ask. What are your feelings about setting up a website to blog and promote your work on? How did it feel to set it up, and do you think it's effective for you? The reason why I'm asking is that a friend of mine is very excited that now I've published my first story, I should start a website and develop a 'brand'. I'm not sure I'm quite ready for this idea yet, but thought I'd ask you about your experiences. 🙂

  4. Yes, that is a sneak peak. Trust me, the whole is far better than the snippet 🙂

    As for the website as a brand, h'm. Big question. I originally set it up because it's good to have a central space for readers to come and find my other work. Writing is a very scattered industry, from the reader's perspective, with stories here and there, hard to know about, hard to track down, etc. There's also a huge time lag between stories, usually, and the website helps to keep the reader's interest alive. Theoretically. The blog grew out of setting up the website, as a static website is worse than no website at all, and writing friends convinced me that a blog was the simplest and easiest way to keep the site dynamic.

    I do think it's effective, as there are people who know about my work that wouldn't if they didn't follow the blog, but how that translates to real-world effects can't be measured yet. Check back in five years or so! LOL

  5. Book!Book!Book!Book!Book!
    (hmm, I sound like a chicken. But a happy one!)
    Can't wait to buy it!

  6. Cool! The suspense should build up nicely!
    What you're saying about blogs and building a sense of audience or readership makes good sense to me. I originally found your blog through your Clarion journal when I applied for 2007. I follow it, like I do others I enjoy as part of lj's world o' social net-working, and I also enjoy coming to your website to have a look as there are obviously features here I wouldn't see through lj like the afore-mentioned preview. Plus, your site is just darned pretty.
    I think your friends are right about blogging creating a sense of momentum or narrative in a writer's website that's enjoyable and interesting to come back to. Plus they do help build 'writers community' which is as valuable as it is a distraction! 😉 Disconcertingly I guess, the choices writers make in their blogs – the books they talk about, whether they discuss writing and how, other snippets of real life, and images like toe-socks (!) all probably create a sense of a 'brand' from a marketing point of view.
    But it's a personal thing, rather than something decreed by the company that sells your books. Interesting stuff. May have to post about this myself.

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