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The Deixis Press Weekly - Issue #36
I’m back with another quick update (but with a much more positive slant than last week). It has been an extraordinarily busy week for me, in part because I was behind on everything, but also in part because I reclaimed my office from my husband and relegated him to the downstairs desk.
So, in brief then, this week I’ve been
Reading Siôn Scott-Wilson’s new sequel to Some Rise By Sin
Marketing Genevieve Jenner’s Chocolate Cake for Imaginary Lives, and getting it ready for general sale in hardback (in a reversal of my original intention to make the hardbacks limited editions)
Getting the press geared up for its participation in this year’s SMOL Fair
Tentatively feeling out how get involved in this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Figuring out how many copies of my first two books have sold so far, from all sources, so that I can figure out royalties (I’m late on this; Siôn and Richard Gadz are both patient and kind men)
Arranging book trailers for all of my upcoming books
Finessing final blurb text for Jessica Gregson’s After Silence and Marc Joan’s Hangdog Souls
Arranging covers for After Silence (plus coordinating bookmarks)
Figuring out how to get Genevieve’s books physically stocked in my first ever bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington
Sending out physical orders in so many trips to the post office that they now know me by name
Figuring out how to set up direct commerce from Facebook and Instagram (note I haven’t actually managed to set it up, just that I now know it’s possible)
And, because I’m also just, like, a normal person I guess, doing all the usual relentless life things such as: sorting out a fast-track passport for my small son, managing a continual and never-ending house renovation, practicing for my upcoming participation in Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Cathedral (please come; they need more ticket sales than they’ve had so far), and attending an absolutely tremendous literary event at the finest club in London, if not the world:
Oh yeah—I’ve also been watching my books arrive with their readers, with one particularly gratifying response:
I’m so relieved that my vision for the cover worked out so well (again, all thanks to Libby for the execution).
Genevieve is on TikTok now, putting her book’s recipes to work. If you’re not following her, why not? And if it’s because you don’t use TikTok, I’d say only that you need to get with the times, grandpa.