For those who have been here a while, you’ll know that I’ve been working on my book for a number of years – an anthology of what I consider my most meaningful creative pieces (poetry and prose) since I started writing 15-odd years ago.
It’s been quite a journey so far, and after many, many revisions, a lost typographer along the way, and some delving into the world of cover design, I’ve finally completed what I hope will be the final document.
Yesterday – on what turned out to be the 13th anniversary of this blog’s birth – I received my first physical copy of the book, which was a sample I printed in the run-up to the full publication (which I hope will be later this year).
For a writer, it’s an amazing feeling to finally hold a printed copy of something you’ve put so much work into. It looked great, but – being the perfectionist I am – I noted some flaws which I’ll need to iron out before the first bulk print run.
Go pro? Not necessary
Nevertheless, my mind has already turned to marketing and distribution – which is going to be very small scale given that I’m doing this by myself.
I currently don’t have a publisher, but these days, you don’t really need one to get your work out there. I would be open to bringing one on board – on condition that I retain creative control, and they can add significant value in terms of marketing and distribution. If they could do that, I don’t really mind the sizable chunk of the income they’d take for their services, because this project has never been about making money.
But I’m not delaying the project waiting for someone to respond positively.
I’m not a publishing professional, but I do work in the communications field, and I think I’m fairly capable when it comes to the software needed to put together a project like this. The final output would obviously look more polished if a pro were to work on it, but I didn’t have the resources to hire such people, and I think the end result is still fairly pleasing.
If anyone is interested, they can always hop on board later on and work on a revised edition.
Preview available, and orders are (tentatively) open
I’m aiming to make the book available in both print and e-book formats, God-willing. As mentioned, I’ve still got some fine tuning to do on the print version, but regardless of that, I’m ready to start taking orders (or expressions of interest) from anyone who may be interested.
I can’t give a definite publication date as yet, but for now, I can take down names and contact details so that when it’s ready, you can place your orders.
To get a sense of what’s in the book, you can preview it via Google Play books here:
The full version contains 35 poems and 15 reflections, coming in at roughly 180 pages.
If you’d like to purchase, please email me – mentioning which format you’d like, and how many copies. The e-book version would obviously be more accessible for those outside of South Africa, but for many (myself included), print is always a winner. I’ll have to figure out delivery details later on for those in other countries.
I’ve not set the price yet, but tentative details can be shared when you contact me.
Back to work
So with that, I need to return to the final tasks to get this project completed and have the book published.
Thank you to those of you who have supported me on this blog over the years, and all of you who give this book a chance. I hope it’ll resonate with you on some level, inspire you, and benefit you.
I leave you with a graphic I’ve put together for marketing (once I get to that stage). Feel free to download it, share it, and of course, encourage others to get the sample if you feel they may enjoy the book.