Feb

13

2013

coming to life

Filed under: Dear Thing

My lovely publicist at Transworld (@LynseyDalladay) has just tweeted a photograph of a proof copy of DEAR THING, which they are sending out to press and bloggers now ahead of its hardback publication in April. Looky-looky:

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I’m completely blown away by this. It’s like this letter, to Dear Thing, which I wrote as part of the book, which was the first part of this book I wrote in fact (and which is on page 1 of the book by the way), has been put into handwriting and put on the cover and now it is real, a real letter, which one of my characters really wrote. I can see my character writing it, in blue ink, on white paper. It’s quite an extraordinary feeling for me. It feels as if my imagination has come to life.

It’s also pretty extraordinary to feel that this book, which has been such a journey for me, is on its way to readers. Which is how a writer’s imagination really comes to life.


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  1. Ooooooo!! Can’t wait for other people to read ‘Dear Thing’. Also want to read the changes you’ve made :-)

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  2. It looks fabulous :) Congratulations, Julie!

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  3. How exciting! Congrats, Julie. xxxx

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  4. Julie – I so hear you even though I don’t write ‘serious’ books, I still understand the complexity of the process. I never have any trouble starting and I always delude myself that I’ve written a great opening – and then go back and realise the truth. I must admit my heart sinks when people who don’t write ask how you do it. I want to shout: well, I’ve spent 8 years working it out and I still don’t know other than to sit down and start typing. Oh and also add on the forty something years of being alive and put all that in somewhere…

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  5. Bum. That was a response to your previous post!

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    • LOL I guessed! I think you are right though. All you can really do is sit down and start typing. And hope it all works out eventually.

      And thank you!

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  6. Congratulations! What a beautiful cover.

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    • Thanks Mom. :-) These are proofs, which are the advance reading copies that are sent out to reviewers and the press, so the real book will look different, when it’s published.

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  7. Congratulations. It is a scary process. Exciting. What a clever idea for the cover.

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