This week, the Itinerant Poet is working down in London and the first box of the new children's poetry collection had to be delivered directly to him at the school for a Book Launch, so I have had to miss out on the pleasure. He called me to let me know that the entire school - staff and pupils - was in that same state of excitement and anticipation of the book's arrival. There is a certain magic within that printed page...
I spent so long on the internal pictures that I almost forgot the cover. We had a pretty good idea what to put on it as the book's title was pretty specific. The ever-popular Mr Smile features alongside a late addition - a cartoon of the Itinerant Poet flying an aeroplane (this was the suggestion of son Rory who then criticised me for not making it a very realistic biplane!)
It is now listed on the Inspire to Write website Book Shop for sale and I have sent off the files to Nielsen to register the ISBN and images so it should appear on Amazon in the next couple of weeks.
This shortly to be followed by a collection of poems on school. It is currently in production at Orbital Print Services and will also be delivered directly to the school in Essex where the Itinerant Poet is working next week and doing another book launch. It is the only opportunity he will have to sell books at the school so time is tight.
A5 is just so much easier to both hold and read. You can use slightly larger font sizes and spacing so it is more child-friendly too. In the end, the cost was not much more than the smaller books. I am listing it in our Book Shop whilst I remember to do so.
Next week sees our two teenagers sit their IGCSE English Language examinations. Quite apart from all the book-related work, there is a lot of study support going on in our house. I think that English is probably the subject that requires the most background reading and coaching of all the IGSCE subjects we take. It is not just a case of correct spelling and grammar, it is also having the ideas and being able to express them clearly, concisely and eloquently. As ever, the crucial part is being able to deliver the goods on the day (to use a couple of cliches) in order to sail through the stormy seas of the examination sitting (metaphor with alliteration) and within the allotted time. I wish them both the very best of luck.
The Call of the Open Road
On the other hand... perhaps a UK tour? Oh, the (in)decision! What fun!