Friday, March 22, 2024

Comic Cuts — 22 March 2024

The week started badly, with Mel feeling poorly and then testing positive for Covid. Then I received a message on Monday from the printers of BEYOND THE VOID to say that the order was "running late" but with no indication, why, how long, or whether the books would arrive in time for me to take them up to the Paperback & Pulp Book Fair on Sunday (the 24th — I'll post details below if you fancy coming along).

Thankfully, the books arrived on Wednesday, which I don't mind telling you was a huge relief.

I will not be taking many copies with me as I'm travelling up by train, and some are already spoken for, but at least people will be able to see a real, live copy. I will also hopefully have some copies of THE TRIALS OF HANK JANSON, so if you want one, let me know, and I'll keep it to one side. I will be doing a "show special" price to try and make sure that I'm not carrying books home with me at the end of the day. I won't be bringing up any other books from my catalogue, unless you ask — you'll save some postage and I won't have to pay fees to PayPal, eBay or Amazon, so it's a win-win situation.

With Forgotten Authors almost finished, I was working on a possible cover on Tuesday. It didn't turn out as good as I wanted, so I'm going to have another bash at taking some photographs, but I have to confess that our living room isn't the best place to take photos. I might have to revert back to the old design (which was deliberately the same design with variations) or go for something entirely new.

I have done a couple of interviews this week. One with Justin Marriott for the pages of Paperback Fanatic and a video interview with Jules Burt for his video channel — there was a moment of panic when we thought the sound hadn't recorded but everything turned out fine. I think Jules is planning to put it up next Friday, so I'll post a link.

Since nobody else seems to want to talk to me (I'm not bitter!) I've a couple of 'Ask Steve' videos to put up and another fun little item that I'm thinking of putting up next week — I've just got to work out the best time to post it.

I have a piece to write for The Guardian, so there might be a small gap in my ceaseless promotion of BEYOND THE VOID. I'm still posting a picture a day to the new Bear Alley Books Facebook page. If you haven't joined, please do — the more the merrier.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Book Fair on Sunday.

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