This has been a big week for the Elvis book ‘Treat Me Nice’. Odd, how quickly it moves from the pleasant arrival of a pristine book to the torture of practical details. But it is now available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Treat-Me-Nice-Frankenstein-Creature/dp/1907540474/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1315397047&sr=8-3) and in the local bookshop with the prospect of it being stocked by a national chain. It will also be given to a critic who writes reviews for the national papers and even to a movie star who is a big Elvis fan. Treat Me Nice has also been publicised on the 2 big Elvis News sites, Elvis News and Elvis Information Network. Both editors are also curious about the book which is pleasing so I have sent them review copies. Proudest moment for me was the local bookshop, Pritchards in Crosby, putting the book in their display window. This was done in such a casual way by the always friendly Rich, as if it was the obvious place to put a book down, that it left me surprised. After profuse thanks and still startled I left the shop without looking back at the window. But if the progress from a remote copy to a marketable item implies a well thought out strategy it is an illusion. Ideas appear randomly in conversations and I respond. The best ideas belong to other people.
Having your book arrive a book is a bit like having a birthday because
you get a lot more attention than normal and, in the same way you buy
people a drink, you have to give the people you know a free copy. But, like birthdays, it is good and I have been surprised and humbled by how others are willing to push the book on my behalf. As I become insecure about the book others become energetic and committed. Their efforts have been generous and are appreciated. I just hope they like the book. Are there still issues to resolve? Certainly, but if somebody had said a week ago I would be seeing my book on display and be talking about big time critics and movie stars I would not have believed them.
It has been a big week. Oh, and I got a new bike as well.