Yes, this is back. For now, anyway, and for the mostly forseeable future. It's been slightly odd, not having some scrappy piece of notepad upon which to scribble the ever-irksome brainfarts that prevent me from living an otherwise untroubled existence. But here it is, back again. In fact, I'm working on a post so convoluted and rambling (you love the rambling ones, don't you?) that it's taken about three hours longer than I'd expected to even get it started.
In the meantime, I want to tell you a little bit more about my second book. Book 2, which is tentatively titled but not firmly titled enough for me to tell you what the title is, is going to be out in probably October, or sometime around then. I had hoped to get it out for the end of the summer, but that didn't quite happen.
What's it going to be about? Well, it's non-fiction. I can tell you that much. Where would it sit, were any bookshop foolish enough to stock it? I would love to think of it as living in that strange hinterland where Simon Garfield's wonderful, wonderful books go to be roundly ignored in favour of crappy fiction.
It's kind of an instructional manual, cum potted biography, cum self-help book, cum book about nothing. It's all over the place at the moment, to be honest. But I've got an editor/proofreader to have a look at it this time, so it might read quite well once we're finished. I'm about three-quarters of the way through it at the moment, maybe 70 per cent, or two-thirds, just over halfway, and quite a lot of it has been pretty easy going.
What I want to do is write something that will interest people who are interested in the thing I'm writing about, but also won't be interested in the thing I'm writing about. That's the plan. It's mainly going to be about blogging, blogs and COME BACK, I HAVEN'T FINISHED. There will be blogging, and there will be other stuff. There will be funny bits, and not so many unfunny bits - that's the idea. And there might be useful and interesting and helpful bits as well.
No, I don't have a publisher. I came perilously close to having a literary agent, but I made the mistake of sending him a copy of my first book, and he (very politely) told me that it was a pile of shite. Look, I'm not exactly dismayed. So I will be self-publishing again, in papery book AND nice ebook versions - this time the ebook will have a lot more attention given to it, and will work a lot more nicely. I promise.
If you'd like to be part of my exciting mailing list, which should offer lovely discounts and bits and bobs when the book's nearly done, then feel free to send me an email at email@example.com - otherwise keep checking back here and you'll find out soon enough.
And that's it for now.
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