Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Virginia Woolf Said

Virginia Woolf said that publishing a book was like sending a child into traffic. Here is what I'll be sending into the fray. A preliminary copy came last week. I was so overwhelmed and relieved and emptied out that I put it straight back into the envelope and couldn't look. My son did for me.

Now I am learning - again - to love that new child. And hold her close.

Before dressing her up warmly and sending her out into the street.

20 comments:

  1. OMG!!!!!! I am so thrilled for you. Don't worry. I, for one, promise to treat her kindly with all of my heart.
    xo

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  2. Cat! A real book! Gah!!
    Congratulations, my dear friend. She's beautiful.

    -Lyra

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  3. SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! So amazing! I can't even imagine what this feels like :)

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  4. Eeeek!!! So beautiful!!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  5. Dear MSB,
    Yes! After all the children we have had this feels like the most worrisome babe. Speriamo bene!
    xx

    Yes Jessica, almost impossible to believe. thank you!

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  6. I know Lyra, it is A BOOK! I have had it in my handbag all week and just keep showing off, even though no one I hang around speaks English! Silly hey? xx

    Yes Helen the cover is really swish. I love it, never thought this would happen!

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  7. Hannah thank you! It feels like new boots multiplied by a million! It has been a long time coming. Just makes me think, NEVER GIVE UP!

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  8. Dear Averil,
    Grazie mille! I think you will really really like the kinky bits! xcat

    Hi Catdownunder,
    Thanks! Keep purring, I feel like it's time to growl and spring into the air! ciao cat

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  9. Hooray!! Congratulations!! I cannot even IMAGINE what it felt like to look at it and hold it for the first time. SO exciting! Can't wait to read it!

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  10. It's so beautiful! Congratulations!! I had the same feeling of weirdness when my book/ARC first came in. It can be the first time you fully feel disconnected with it, if that makes sense....but in a good way, I'd say.

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  11. Weyhey! Congratulations - superb! Utterly brilliant! So pleased for you :)

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  12. Thanks Sara! It's starting to feel real, but a rather overwhelming challenge lies ahead - sending the book out there and hoping readers like you will enjoy. I truly hope so!!

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  13. Yes weird is the word. It does feel like a separate 'thing' now, not my fifth limb! Hope yours is doing well. Received your bookmarks in the post - super! Thanks very much, cat

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  14. Thanks Rae! Crazy isn't it? No longer a PDF file or a massive pile of papers. It is truly amazing. I am still walking around with a stupefied grin. Ciao xcat

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  15. Congratulations! I've pre-ordered on Amazon. So excited for you!

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  16. Thank you Downith! Not sure when the pre-ordered copies will arrive. We are doing the usual last minute tweaks but I think we are there. Going nuts but it's worth it. Yes, excited!!

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  17. YIPPEE!!!! I love, love the cover. Very exciting indeed. I can't wait to read it.

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