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Halfway to Venus (The Spectator)

I must declare an interest at the outset. Thirty or so years ago I went out, or walked out (or whatever the phrase is), with the author, until, that is, the night when, for reasons I have never been able to establish, she hit me over the head with a stainless-steel electric kettle. You may…
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Sunday May 4th – Self-publishing blog diary

‘Me and My travels’ appears on the back page of the Escape section of the Observer. I do a telephone interview with Claire Saul for My Weekly – which apparently has a circulation of 500,000. Write to Bookforce who have belatedly sent me an invoice for my proof copies. Instead of a 2-3 day turn-around…
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Friday May 2nd & Saturday May 3rd – Self-publishing blog diary

The books are starting to arrive in the bookshops – Sarah Austin from the Kilburn Bookshop asks me to go and sign their copies which I do willingly. Gardners send me an order which I redirect towards Central and My Travel Companion arrives at Central. I get a text from my sister to say that…
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Wednesday 30th April & Thursday May 1st – Self-publishing blog diary

I took a copy of the book round to Colin Thubron – his quote on the front has made a lot of difference.  Do a telephone interview with the Observer (there should be something in the Escape part of the paper this Sunday). They need a colour photograph – luckily I remembered I had had…
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Monday April 28th & Tuesday 29th – Self-publishing blog diary

Get some very nice letters from old friends and in the evening a wonderful bunch of flowers. Send out a bulk e-mail to many friends alerting them to the book and telling them where to buy it. Do live interview with Radio Cambridge and the first question takes me completely unawares – the interviewer asks…
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Sunday April 27th – Self-publishing blog diary

My sister rings to say that there is a review in the Sunday Times. It doesn’t appear to be in the on-line edition – so here it is in full: ‘In 1957, aged 10, Anderson’s childhood was abruptly brought to an end when she was diagnosed as having cancerous lumps in her arm. A prominent…
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Halfway to Venus (dovegreyreader)

‘My mother closed the door and turned towards me, and without saying anything, she made a chopping motion with her right hand above her left elbow. I thought my world had come to an end.’ So I’m wittering on about knitting and quilting on the same day that I am reading Sarah Anderson’s truly remarkable…
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Friday April 25th Self-publishing blog diary

Another day of not being able to concentrate as various repercussions from all yesterday’s publicity. Guardian Unlimited put that I had written the film Notting Hill (I wish) – it has now been removed but was there due to some editor’s ‘imagination’. Hugely embarrassing – since it has already found its way onto other sites….
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Thursday April 24th – Self-publishing blog diary

I had a hunch when I woke at 7am that there might be something in the Telegraph, so I rushed downstairs to look online – and yes there it was – I then rushed out to see that it was in the paper Telegraph too. Different photographs – MUCH better online but big piece and…
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Wednesday April 23rd – Self-publishing blog diary

Ring around more bookshops in the morning – again nothing but friendly and positive responses. I preface my telephone calls with ‘Hello my name is Sarah Anderson and I used to have the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill’  – it helps. Do the monthly accounts for the company – soon I must do the end…
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