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Thursday, December 08, 2005

No Rest For The Wicked

The books have arrived! I had a funny feeling that there was going to be something different about today when a Royal Mail delivery van passed me going up my street as I made my way to the bus-stop for work.

When I got home there was a delivery slip waiting for me, but instead of taking the parcel to the depot for me to collect another time, they left it with a neighbour. I went out with Laura to get it (who was extremely excited because I promised her the first printed copy out the packet) and took it back to the house.

This was the emergency batch sent to me from the publisher because of the delays. A stack of ten copies of to take care of the first press requests and orders received. The main batch (of thirty) are already on their way and should arrive soon. These will cover any orders and requests over Christmas as well as the competition winners.

It feels magnificent to finally be holding the completed version of the book. I'm bound to be protective over it but I have to admit to being massively proud about this. It's not so much that it's a printed publication, but more to do with the concept and the work that I put into it. Yes, it's self-published but I've found a niche market that I don't see anyone else getting involved with seriously. If the big publishing houses won't touch it, then I'll reap the benefits for myself. If the reviews turn out to be crap then it will hurt, but as Gail asked me this evening, "Will it stop you doing what you're doing and striving for success?" To which the answer is an emphatic "No." I believe in the book, and Gail is right; nothing will deter me from reaching my dream.

Elsewhere, I met Dave and Tom for a couple of pints over lunch in Clark's. It made it feel like a Friday and totally skewed my internal clock as a result. Dave was going on one of his Chrimbo nights out for his work, so I don't expect there to be any drinking tomorrow lunchtime. I'll probably take it easy anyway as I have a great wee night out to look forward to at the Festival Theatre; more on that tomorrow.

Gail met some friends for a drink after work so once Laura was happy (she went to bed early to read my book!) I continued my work on the articles and columns I have to complete for The Scruffy Dog Review for January's inaugural issue.

No rest for the wicked!

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Colin 1:34 pm


Excellent! I'm so pleased that you got some of your books!!!
Many well-deserved congrats!

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