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Tuesday June 24th – Self-publishing blog diary

Did an AI for Inside Notting Hill – which I feel is being rather neglected – and send it out to around 80 London bookshops. I didn’t have Central distributing it before but now at least anyone will be able to order it. I’m thinking of possibly doing a cheaper edition of Halfway to Venus…
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Thursday June 19th – Self-publishing blog diary

Very nice review today in the Independent by Virginia Ironside and a piece in the Wexas Traveller magazine about ‘Why I wrote the book’ – I suppose the point of this blog is really over. The book is published and out and I’m just accumulating reviews – nice though that is (as to date they’ve…
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Halfway to Venus Review (The Independent)

At first sight, you could be forgiven for thinking that Halfway to Venus, a “one-armed journey”, was going to be a “poor me” book. But what makes it so different is that, despite having had her arm amputated due to cancer when she was 10, Sarah Anderson is at pains to tell us that she’s…
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Halfway to Venus Review (The Daily Mail)

Just before her tenth birthday, Sarah Anderson complained of a lump in her left arm. An hour later, she was sitting in the doctor’s surgery (a telltale sign that this was 1957 and not 2008). By the evening, her parents had been told by the doctor that their daughter was most probably suffering from a…
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Halfway to Venus Review (Disability Now)

A request for assistance cutting up food leads to a jaw-droppingly ignorant comment from an airhostess, “Do you mind being my baby?” Thus Sarah Anderson felt compelled to write about what it’s like to live with one arm, in a two-armed world. You could say Sarah isn’t the luckiest person in the world. Her left…
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Thursday June 12th – Self-publishing blog diary

Help what a gap – so what’s been happening? Daily (or rather hourly) checks on my rating on Amazon. Fluctuates from 2 thousand and something up to twenty thousand and something. But that must mean its still selling. The reviews I sent to Amazon STILL haven’t been added – or rather only the very first…
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Thursday May 21st – – Self-publishing blog diary

I’ve been slack about writing the blog … so what’s been happening? I spent most of Monday preparing the talk for the Broadway Bookshop (which happened last night) – very nice atmosphere. Full house which meant about 20 people and I think a fair amount of books were sold. I’m still trying to get a…
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Halfway to Venus (Martin Goodman)

Tuck your thumb between your second and middle finger, sit down in a Turkish cafe, and those you are with may either thump or laugh at you. You’re making as obvious and vulgar gesture in their culture as giving them the finger. This trait of mine is something that runs in families, I now learn,…
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Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th – Self-publishing blog diary

What I left out earlier in the week was the fact that on Tuesday I’d been on Radio 5 Live with Victoria Derbyshire. On Saturday morning I did Saturday Live with Fi Glover – the most nervewracking radio to date – not least because I realised that so many people I knew would be listening…
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Tuesday 13th, Wed 14th and Thurs 15th – Self-publishing blog diary

Waterstones put in their core stock order – books are being sent to 150 of their shops – mostly one copy to each – but it’s a beginning. Do a phone interview with Three Counties Radio film programme – although inevitably they ask about the film – I am actually able to talk about the…
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