Right, I seem to have been a bit premature in my book release entry. Although the book definitely exists by now, it turns out that it might easily take a few weeks before it has been shipped from printer to distributor, from distributor to the bookstore warehouse, and from the warehouse to the shelves. Therefore it's not strange that almost no-one has a copy of the book yet: you'll have to have a few more weeks patience, I'm afraid.
I myself am the only exception to this rule: this morning I received my own copies of the book; and as you can imagine I spent about two hours leafing through it. It feels odd; initially it seemed nothing but the umpteenth printing proof to be corrected. At one point, when I encountered an unclear paragraph, I found myself absent-mindedly reaching for a pen to make a note. It took me a few seconds to realise that I was too late: the book has been printed and cannot be changed any more.
What's really gratifying is that I haven't yet found a single typo. I have an excellent head for spelling; a kind of reverse dyslexia where any typo stands out like an eyesore. In fact, I found only three typos during the final proofing, and although there will definitely be a few that I missed, it's a neat score.
Anyway, it seems that my family, friends, and a few selected clients will be the first ones to actually get hold of a physical copy; and most of them will nod sagely but won't be able to actually understand what I'm talking about. In a way that's good: for the next few weeks I'll be an uncritically acclaimed AUTHORity.
I’ll be around at the following conferences:
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