Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Arrival

The Opposite of Cabbage arrived today, six copies through the post, and it looks and feels really good. So far, I haven’t found any typos although I’m sure I will have missed something. It’s still hard to believe that the book actually exists as a physical object, but the evidence is currently piled on my office floor. Whenever I turn round, I keep thinking it will have disappeared.

Oh, I've just heard... Apparently, you can buy it now (ignore the publication date of 1st March) from Salt here - http://www.saltpublishing.com/books/smp/9781844715138.htm. Don't all stampede at once!

I am writing a horrendously complex funding application – to do with work, not poetry. It has killed off my poetic imagination, but (I hope) not for good. I must now get back to it. Procrastination is tempting, very tempting, but finishing the form – besides being vital for a community project – is now important for my sanity.

19 comments:

shug said...

Congratulations, Rob. No feeling like it. It looks great.

rosswilson said...

Congratulations. Impressed by what I've seen of Salt publications online.

Andrew Philip said...

Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Can't wait to see it for real, Rob. Of course, I can wait even less to see "The Ambulance Box" for real, though I suspect a rush down to the post depot early tomorrow morning will be necessary ...

(Word verification: nocisati, which sounds like a form of pasta.)

Matt Merritt said...

Looks great, Rob. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Have you got any outsiders in to proof-read too? With my pamphlet, my friend Charlotte offered to, and spotted two typos that had been staring me in the face for days.

PS. My word was 'vagan', Andrew. I wonder would a vagan be allowed to eat nocisati?!

It has occurred to me before to write a poem purely using words from the word verification box. Lately they seem to have become much more musical.

Rob said...

Cheers, everyone.

Matt, it has been proof-read by a few people. However - if there are still errors - it's too late now!

Colin Will said...

Congratulations Rob. I'm looking forward to buying a signed copy at your launch - and Andy's too.

Tom said...

Congratulations! I look forward to reading it in due course..

Liz said...

Congratulations, Rob - must be a great feeling. Looking forward to reading it.

Nic Sebastian said...

Way to go, Rob! Look forward to reading it!!

Andrew Shields said...

I wish it had arrived on Monday! Congrats!

Andrew Shields said...

I just ordered myself one!

BarbaraS said...

Yeeha Rob - it looks great. There's nothing like holding the first copy of your first collection. It makes it seem real, but also makes it seem like it's gone from you: like that bit is finally done.

I cannot wait to get my copy, ordering very soon!

Rob said...

Thanks, everyone. Really, very much appreciated.

Apparently Salt need to sell 310 copies just to break even, which, for a poetry collection, is a tall order!

Tony Williams said...

Well done, Rob, and congratulations. I'm looking forward to it.

Word verification: consomp, verb meaning to eat soup.

Nic Sebastian said...

Just been reading about Salt virtual tours. Very Like A Whale would be honored and delighted to host you for a portion of yours, should that work for you, at any point.

Congratulations again!

Jane Holland said...

A poem from The Opposite of Cabbage (which is what, exactly?!) is now up on Raw Light, as a taster of the book. Part of a selfless, promotional 'Short Season of Other Poets' on my blog.

Gosh, if I keep going like this, I may even qualify for sainthood one of these days.

Rob said...

Nic, I'd be pleased to visit your blog on a virtual tour.

And thanks, also, Tony and Jane.

Nic Sebastian said...

Great! I'll let you know once my copy of your book has arrived and I've had a chance to read it. Look forward to both the reading and your visit.

apprentice said...

Yes, many congratulations. The PDF was very good.