The book (that’s still on the way)

mockup

When this blog hit the 10-year mark, I planned on compiling a “best of” – which would be an e-book collecting what I considered my most meaningful creative pieces over that period. It was quite a feat to go through so much content, but I eventually settled on a body of material that I believed would work. The idea was that there would be three distinct areas: poetry (the biggest portion), reflections and prose, and photography.

Over time, as I started seeing this more as book that I would publish professionally (and not just as a PDF on this site), the project evolved into a more trimmed-down publication that wouldn’t include as much photography – although imagery is still an integral part of the book. (“Trimmed-down” is relative, though, because I’m still sitting at around 160 pages 😊.)

Unfortunately, life took over, and the project fell dormant for an extended period. In an attempt to revive things, I started posting excerpts 9 months ago – to give you guys a taste of what I hoped would be wrapped up before too long. I’ve since taken on an excellent typography professional, and now decided on a thorough review and edit of the text, after which I should be ready to publish, God-willing.

I’ve been doing a lot of research into publishing options, too. Because visuals are heavily integrated into the book, print is probably going to be an unfeasible option. So I’m looking at retaining the e-book format, and possibly having a print-on-demand option for those who want a physical copy.

Things are moving again, so I’m hoping to be ready to publish closer to year-end – though it’s anyone’s guess what the exact timelines will be.

In the meantime, you can get a preview of the book cover (above), and the sample pieces already published:

This project is one that’s very close to my heart, so please make dua that everything goes well and it actually makes it to publication without any delays or issues.

Yacoob

5 thoughts on “The book (that’s still on the way)

  1. I really hope things go well In Sha Allah! Your writings are one of the most thought provoking and inspirational that I’ve come across, and I never read them if I am not in a headspace to process them properly. Good luck with it all! There will always be readers!

    • I’m actually feeling a bit more positive now that I realised I don’t even need to go through the complications of self-publishing platforms. Worst case scenario is I just sell directly from the site and take PayPal payments. Much less headache, given that I really don’t expect huge numbers – even if I were on Amazon etc

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