Monday, 16 February 2009

"oh, i am a young published novelist, my life is so hard, i have so much to complain about"


more reviews of The Bird Room by:

Lee Rourke (The Independent)

Francesca Segal (Guardian Online)

Adam Coates (Internettle Soup)

Sameer Rahim (this week's TLS -- not online, just the contents page; was kind of 'damning', said something like 'not funny enough or smart enough' at the end.)

Jenn Ashworth (in an email: "... it was much darker than I thought it would be. Which was a good thing. It was sort of nasty, in some ways - which I mean in a good way too.")

i think that is all the reviews 'done with' now.

i'm not sure why i typed the reviewers names -- maybe i was thinking that they might find this blog post if they were googling themselves, the same way i have been googling "chris killen" + "the bird room" the past however many days.

i have been 'frantically' looking at the amazon sales rank number (about four or five times a day) too. it peaked at around 2,500ish, a few days ago. yesterday it was at about 17,000. i think today, the last time i looked, it had dropped to 27,000ish.

i feel that the 'initial flurry of excitement' is over now.

(possible) future sales will be determined by 'word of mouth' from now on, i think, or a nomination for a prize (ha), or something unrelated which generates publicity -- a 'controversial' appearance on a daytime TV quiz show, or a 'violent accidental death' or something.

i have to just sort of 'come back down to earth' and 'carry on with my life' now, i think.

yoga, learning a musical instrument, swimming, buying innocent smoothies, better posture, a haircut, special face cream, moving flats -- something like that.

*note: i feel this is maybe my most 'obnoxious' post ever. i feel this is post 1 in my 100-step plan to destroy first my blog and then my 'career'.

4 comments:

Socrates Adams-Florou said...

Now I go cleanin' windows to earn an honest bob
For a nosy parker it's an interestin' job

Now it's a job that just suits me
A window cleaner you would be
If you can see what I can see
When I'm cleanin' windows

Honeymoonin' couples too
You should see them bill 'n coo
You'd be surprised at things they do
When I'm cleanin' windows

In my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

The blushin' bride, she looks divine
The bridegroom he is doin' fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm cleanin' windows

The chambermaids' sweet names I call
It's a wonder I don't fall
My mind's not on my work at all
When I'm cleanin' windows

I know a fella, such a swell
He has a thirst, that's plain to tell
I've seen him drink his bath as well
When I'm cleanin' windows

Oh, in my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

Pyjamas lyin' side by side
Ladies nighties I have spied
I've often seen what goes inside
When I'm cleanin' windows

------ banjo ------

Now there's a famous talkie queen
She looks a flapper on the screen
She's more like eightie than eighteen
When I'm cleanin' windows

She pulls her hair all down behind
Then pulls down her... never mind
And after that pulls down the blind
When I'm cleanin' windows

In my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

An old maid walks around the floor
She's so fed up, one day I'm sure
She'll drag me in and lock the door
When I'm cleanin' windows

When I'm cleanin' windows

ken baumann said...

I really like this post. The title is great.

Jo said...

Possible day time quiz shows:
Countdown
Egg Heads
Supermarket Sweep
Golden Balls

Any help?

Aiden Clarkson said...

i can help you with violent accidental death.