It’s just over a month since Looking Out of Broken Windows was published and in that time it’s turned up in all sorts of places. The first (pre-publication) copy in the wild was seen hanging out on the doorstep of the Oxted Book It! Lit Fest in February, where it was waiting for Vanessa Gebbie: Since then it’s been on Twitter, courtesy of @prozactaker: The brilliant Lizzie Forbe’s posted a photo of her copy: It made it onto the shelves of the excellent Bookstop Cafe in Lincoln: My great friend, beta-reader and editor of many of my early stories, Jodi Cleghorn instagrammed a couple of photos of (most probably) the first copy to make it as far as Australia: A copy has even made it onto the Brighton Waterstones’ short story display curated by the talented writer and bookseller, Sara Crowley:
Great Stephen King quote above the display and I am very grateful for the handwritten recommendation that has been placed beneath my book:
‘Discovering a new writer with talent as fine as Powell’s is a real pleasure. Highly recommended.’
And just last week, while browsing at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, I saw it on the shelves of a bookshop for the first time myself: This feels like the culmination of many years of work. Now to finish the novel (and the next novel, and the next collection) while promoting this baby. Onwards and upwards.
One Response to Books in the Wild
How exciting (and a bit of a reality check of the best kind) is it to see your books in the wild. I do believe somewhere in my archives is a picture of your book at the pub (in lieu of being able to take you out for a pint to celebrate).
As wonderful as ebooks are – they will never emulate the tangible thrill of it’s physical cousin in being snapped in their natural habitats!
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