Welcoming a new book is always exciting, in many ways it’s just like a new baby – seeing it on display, having people say nice things (hopefully) and sharing your excitement with friends and family. The writing friends are always the ones who notice first and celebrate with you because they understand the work, effort and pain you’ve gone through to get that book (or baby) out there.
It’s also very special for non-writing friends because in some weird way the writer (at least I do) feels justified for deserting friends for the preceding months or years. It’s a bit like, ‘Well here’s the proof that I actually have been doing something.’
My first shelf-view of it was at the Windmill in Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert last Saturday (yes I was peering through the window) and I signed some copies at Readings in Malvern a week or so ago. And the Yarra Plenty Library Book Mobile librarian informed me this morning that the library had purchased multiple copies of the book and they were all out on loan, which is always a good thing to hear.
The book will be launched in December some time, although I don’t have details yet, but like any baby, the arrival of a new book needs to be celebrated.
Published by black dog books an imprint of Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd