Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's here! (or The Latest Instalment of "Did I mention it has my name on it?")

I was jealous that Rob Mackenzie had got his books yesterday, so I just had to get up early this morning and zip down to the postal depot to pick up my author copies of The Ambulance Box, which the postman had failed to leave in our designated "safe place" yesterday. I wasn't quite banging on the door begging to be let in, but I was there only a few minutes after they turned the key. Don't know whether the postal worker who handed the package over to me had any inkling of what it was, but she can't have failed to see my grin as broad as the Firth of Forth as I skipped out the building.

The photo shows our kitchen table, scissors and the books; it doesn't show the euphoria, as the subject was several centimetres in the air at the time. Seriously, though, it is a truly wonderful feeling. And a lovely book, if I do say so myself. Those dark green endpapers are just gorgeous! The cover looks every bit as good in real life as it does on a computer screen, if not better. Just to hold it in my hands sends me, honest it does.

Rob and I met up at lunchtime to swap books. His is every bit as fine, as you can see. It was a fitting way to celebrate, especially given that, as you'll read if you trawl through the virtual cupboard under the stair, we met up in the same cafe to swap the manuscripts of what became these collections about a year and a half ago. I don't think we could have anticipated that we'd end up with the same publisher, same publication date and a joint launch, but I'm absolutely delighted it has turned out that way.

Both books are available now from Salt's online shop. They can also be pre-ordered on Amazon.co.uk and will soon be available in all good bookshops.

3 comments:

rosswilson said...

Congratulations Andrew! From what I've seen online, both books look great (don't think I'd need those scissors though; if it was my book, that packaging would be like a rabbit in the claws of a wild beast!)I'll buy a copy at the launch, if not before . . .

Oh, and I wondered about the Rob connection before (friends with same publisher/same release date) not sure how much of a coincidence etc . . . but surely a selling point? There's a story in that alone, outside of the books, that would draw attention to the work surely?

Matt Merritt said...

Congratulations, Andrew. I'm really looking forward to seeing them both.

Andrew Philip said...

Thank you, gentlemen. And thanks for the marketing idea, Ross. I must admit it hadn't quite occurred to me that the story could be used in that way.

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