It’s finally here. Today my debut collection of short fiction is officially published. Looking Out of Broken Windows is my first book. Way back in September and early October 2012 it started taking shape as a Scrivener file made up of all the stories I thought might make a decent enough collection of my work to submit to The Scott Prize:
By Mid-October the story order was taking shape using Carys Bray’s tried and tested post-it-notes-on-cupboard-door method of story sorting:
By the last week In October 2012 I had a manuscript to read through and check the final order for overall feel and tone:
Since then Looking Out of Broken Windows has made the Scott Prize shortlist, been picked up by Salt for publication, and last month appeared on the doorstep of Book It: the Oxted Literary Festival:
Finally, today it’s a real book that looks like this:
The Looking Out of Broken Windows blog tour is all over the internet this month. Check out the latest posts here.
You can grab a copy of Looking Out of Broken Windows directly from the Salt store, or from Amazon UK, Amazon US, or any good bookshop (they’ll order it in for you if they don’t have a copy). And you can find all the latest on the launch on the Looking Out of Broken Windows Facebook page.
As for me, once the kids are in bed tonight, I’ll be sharing a meal and a bottle of champagne with Mrs P to celebrate my very first published book. Tomorrow, you say? Tomorrow I’ll be cracking on with writing the next one.
4 Responses to LOoBW Publication Day
Hooray! Long time coming. Best looking book I’ve had sitting on my desk for a very long time. And much anticipated.
I managed to get through the last few stories this morning, just before the clock ticked over midnight in your corner of the world. Review to follow when my brain is sitting again in the right space.
Congratulations. May it go on to win hearts and fans by the hundreds. You remain one of my literary heroes!
Huge congrats, Dan! Savour the day!
The day is finally here. Congratulations Dan!
Happily, I got my copy early, and I’ve already read it through twice. Loved every page.
Happy publication day, fella! Wishing you all the very best with the launch and beyond.
Comments are closed.