The moment the book becomes ‘real’ for me as the publisher, is when I hold the ‘running sheets’ in my hand. These are an actual print of the book, unbound, sent from the printer for quality control purposes.
That’s the point I start gearing up for publicity and all that jazz.
As on this occasion the arrival of the running sheets has coincided with the last week of LGBT History Month, it is appropriate that the book in question is Kate Foley’s love letter to her wife, A Gift of Rivers.
Kate has to be in Amsterdam when the book is due out, so there will be a pre-publication ‘launch’ on 5th April at the lovely Gay’s the Word. Everyone welcome.Books will actually be available from us, by the end of March so feel free to preorder.
And Kate will also be speaking at the London Book Fair Poetry Collective at 17.30 on Tuesday 10th April.
We are looking at whether we can have an official launch-day party in Amsterdam on 26th April!
The London Book Fair is a cacophonous place, it’s hard to hear anything even when addressed through a microphone. None the less, we had a go. Here is pictorial evidence, of Bernie Math & Jeremy reading, in the Poetry Pavilion miniature Globe theatre, their wildly diverse takes on narrative poetry from The Other Side of Sleep. The video sound is unfortunately atrocious and I wouldn’t want to inflict it on you.
Here’s a map of Olympia... The Poetry Pavilion is in the top left corner, near the West Hall entrance. There are lots of other poetry performances going on, but 3.30 pm on Wednesday is our spot. Although we may get another one…
Much cheered by yesterday’s meetings at LBF 2013. So: it’s just possible forthcoming titles Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies will be distributed in Romania, and Lovers’ Lies and Mosaic of Air in Portugal via a mail-order catalogue. Maybe. Perhaps. There is also a US deal flirting with the horizon, not sure what, when of even if, but maybe! Useful talk with Matthew from Waterstones, and Jacqueline Downs dropped by to say hello, so that was good too.
Also found places to sit down and recover which was good, including a seminar featuring Salt Publishing and a number of their authors on building a brand on a shoestring. Shoestrings being what I have available this was very interesting. Pleased to find I’m doing most things right, just not enough. Where’s that cloning programme when you need it?
It’s not the first time I’ve been to the London Book Fair, but it is the first time I’ve exhibited. Doesn’t that sound grand? Actually I have two books worth of shelf space on a shared stand with loads of other IPG members, still it’s a start. (J200 if you at the fair, come along and say hello we’re the lot standing in the passageway with a wall of books behind us). If people who made appointments with me turned up, it would be a better start (they know who they are) but I am learning to hide my disappointment (huge exhausted sob).
I did manage one meeting today, with a lovely woman (hi, Ivanka) looking to sell rights to French graphic novels. I am quite – excited? tempted? – by one.
It will be interesting to see whether the fair keeps its momentum going through the three days (I don’t think my momentum is going to last the course, I’m shattered! At least I’ve only got one meeting planned for Wednesday)The events are thoroughly oversubscribed at the moment, with standing room 5 deep at the back of the talks in the Author Lounge, and the English Pen Literary Cafe, 5 deep all down the sides as well, William Boyd was revealing the lowdown of his new James Bond novel, Solo.
Tomorrow I am meeting a Romanian distributor of (mainly) Sci Fi and a Portuguese book mail-catalogue courtesy of UKTI, and some booksellers in the UK.