Publication Day

Why is publication day like New Year’s Day? Because after all the anticipation, nothing much happens. Both are arbitrary dates that we try to instil with a significance that they don’t really have. We throw parties to celebrate them precisely because there would otherwise be nothing to distinguish them from the days on either side.

Except, of course, that publication day does provide us with something tangible to show. Granted, many of the sales are now virtual sales of eBooks; and online bookshops like Amazon enable pre-orders; but still, after long gestation the author’s baby has finally emerged into the world. Pregnancy is a good analogy for the long drawn out effort to create a book, so perhaps publication day can best be thought of as childbirth without the pain.

This time around I decided to dispense with the book launch party (or rather, to merge it into an Australia Day party, when everyone has got over the post-Christmas blues and the self-flagellation of “Dry January” and is gagging for some fun). Between then and now I have three weeks to grapple with one of the two great disadvantages of being born British: an inhibition when it comes to self-promotion. So, excuse me while I skip between three leading manifestations of the Anglo-Saxon psyche: the Brit, the American and the Aussie. I think I just might enjoy this..

In keeping with my new American persona, if you have trouble finding the paperback version of Searching for Satu on Amazon and can only see the eBook, just click on the author link to Alan Brunstrom that is shown under the eBook title. It will take you to a page where you can find the paperback and place an order. Just saying.

The Last Mile…

It’s always exciting to receive the first proofs of your new book: and I’ve just received them for the paperback version of Searching for Satu. She has been out of print for 18 years, so this is pretty special. I actually have two versions sitting on my desk: one from Amazon and the other from IngramSpark. The production characteristics are slightly different, in ways that only interest the author; but I’m very happy with both of them.

I particularly like the cover, designed by Jessica Bell of IPA, which manages to capture the spirit of the book and to provide a link to the original Citron Press edition, in the form of the hands reaching for each other across a lake.

Satu is also available as an eBook with both IngramSpark and Kindle Direct Publishing. Pre-orders are already open, in advance of the official publication day on 5th January. Between then and now my I’m focused on a promotional campaign that involves a lot of things that I haven’t done for years. It’s lovely to get back into the groove of being a published author; and although this will be a soft launch for a 2nd edition, rather than a big bang for a first publication, it’s great preparation for the next two books that I aim to publish by 2020.

Watch this space!