This can’t last, and it would kill my image if it did, but I’m actually pretty upbeat today. Teasing in comments will be tolerated only marginally. Proceed with caution.
First of all, the earliest professional responses to River of Stars have been wonderful. There are some colleagues whose judgement I wait for, and those are starting to come in. It isn’t just enthusiasm or excitement a writer hopes for, it is – always – smart, insightful reading. People getting aspects of what one is after in a given book. Because I’m not prolific, each reappearance feels as if it weighs more, matters more, I guess. And if any author tells you they are used to the period of awaiting initial responses … well, raise an eyebrow or two on my behalf.
I had thought I might release the UK cover for the Advance ReadingCopy (their ARC) this afternoon but I want to wait a day or two to confirm they see this as final for the ARC. I am pretty sure it is, and I like it a lot. Very different approach, also very much an ARC – which is to say, not a finished look yet, more like ‘notes towards a final book’ – but it works for me. It could even change before it is final but this is a good look. I am aware this is teasing a bit. Will post soon.
Another half-tease … Penguin Canada are close to the formal announcement of the auction they do each book. They auction the first book off the press, certified as such, and signed by me to that effect. This will be the fourth time, as best I recall. The proceeds go to Indigo’s “Love of Reading” charity, and I am a true believer in the idea that literacy empowers people. This announcement should go out within a day or two. I’ll post it here, too.
I also just received by courier this afternoon the cover ‘flat’ for the book. The actual cover. This isn’t a tease -those who wanted to have seen the full cover in various places by now. But there is something special about the real thing for me, and there will be another kick when I get my author copies of the whole book in a week or two (unless they are, for those who remember the story I love to tell, copies of A History of World Whaling).
So, various reasons for a brief withdrawal from Chronic Curmudgeon Mode. Fear not, normal demeanour is likely to return shortly. (All I have to do is think about Curtis Granderson’s broken arm from yesterday…)