Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Conf 209: Changing Books

No. of words: 53,297

Over and above daily tally. This is down to reaching a chunk of writing that didn't need much reworking, rather than demon tapping. But still had that rare feeling of a sense of progress and accomplishment as I switched the computer OFF at 11.30 this morning. Instead of early morning biking, biked in the other direction to the bank, shops and library. I even considered lounging about in a coffee bar and relaxing, but haven't quite reached that state of achievement yet. Brown Owl's Guide to Life has restored my faith in fiction & was hungry for more. So instead of the usual biographies I've been schlepping about with lately I came away from the library with Zadie's The Autograph Man, I know it didn't get great reviews but several people I've come across have rated it; Paul Auster's The Music of Chance plus Undiscovered France (in the hopes of finding somewhere so undiscovered that it's cheap enough to stay at on our slow ramble back from Perigeaux). Looked myself up on library computer, they have 1 of novel 1 in the borough (OUT) and 12 of non-fiction (2 OUT). Have dumped Novel 2 and other non-fiction.

Received invite to a friend's book launch this morning. This is interesting, a self-published book that's getting lots of attention, a page in The Telegraph and a slot on Radio 4's Midweek, already, chattering to Libby like an old pro he was, and the most interesting guest on. This just goes to show really, that if your story is special enough the DIY route is possible. It doesn't matter how well-connected or glitzy the marketing and PR is, at the end of the day it's the story that does the talking.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

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