I was as excited today as a giddy school kid when sweeties are handed out. I can get quite excited about things easily but especially so when my first published book Sonali arrived through the post. I had been fretting about this ever since ordering a copy through the bookshop. Photo books are always expensive and Sonali is no exception. I was worried what if the printing turns out to be awful? Or there is a terrible error? Worse – what if the pictures turn out to be dreadful quality? Everyone who has ordered a copy so far would be terribly disappointed…eeek!
Well, the printing and binding have turned out to be perfect – exactly what I hoped for. There’s no really obvious errors I’ve found yet though I have had some eagle-eyed beta readers check the E-book version several times so I was reasonably certain it should be fine. Still, I know I’ll cringe when I find some small typo or spelling error somewhere. However, there’s no major catastrophe.
As for the photos? Well, I’m no David Bailey and the trouble I went to with those bloomin’ things has put me off doing a photographic book for life! But that aside, the picture quality has turned out to be everything I hoped for. I’m sure photographers among you will find much to fault, but I designed and wrote the book for general readers and as one myself, I think it has come out pretty darned well.
So now, although Sonali was always conceived first and foremost as an E-book, I can wholeheartedly recommend it in the physical softcover version too. And if you buy it and can find me in person – I’ll happily autograph it for you!