Friday, February 03, 2012
Comic Cuts - 3 February 2012
I'm very pleased to see that plenty of people have taken advantage of the offer... and nice to see so many names that I recognise as having ordered copies of other books. You really are a nice lot! I'm now starting to ship out copies of the book so hopefully everyone (at least everyone in the UK) will have received their copies by the end of next week.
Bear Alley Books has been running for about a year now. I had a couple of false starts but even the false starts were a handy learning experience and we're now running fairly smoothly (touch wood!). I had hoped to have a couple of further books out by now but my well publicised — well, I moaned about it endlessly here — computer problems last summer put the brakes on all other activities. However, six books in a year isn't bad going. How many books I can get out over the next year will depend on how much work comes in and how much extra time I can squeeze out of the day. I'm not even sure what the next book will be at the moment, although I have a few ideas for new things and also a couple of old projects that I would love to get into print.
work that I'm doing for Look and Learn, scans that I've done and scans that people have sent me.
I'm loath to delete anything, but I'm thinking I may have to have a cull at some point or I'm going to have to buy another hard drive within the next six months. I don't mean to hark on about this but it has been high in my thoughts all week, especially as the free space on my computer keeps creeping downwards.
Existential Ennui blog, that, starting in the summer, Titan Books are to reissue the novels of Helen MacInnes. A superb writer, dubbed "The Queen of spy writers" by the Daily Express, her books have been out of print for ages. She was one of the authors my Dad read as I recall her books being in the house when I was growing up and reading voraciously everything that I could get my hands on. My Dad would pick up a lot of paperbacks second hand and then give them away after he'd read them... so I clearly didn't get my paperback collecting mania from him.
After a good dig around the shelves I've only turned up four of her books, so having some reprints on the way is good news. Titan have yet to announce any titles but, frankly, given the condition of the copies I own, I'll probably replace them anyway.
Next week: Paul Temple returns. I'm not sure what's going up over the weekend because at this precise moment I haven't managed to write anything. It'll be as much of a surprise for me as it is for you.