Well it’s not really my first post as I was too lazy to create a whole new blog so am using my old year abroad one, but that is neither here nor there.
So what is this blog? At the moment I’m still not too sure, it is definitely a work-in-progress but that’s okay because I am certain that not many people, if anyone, will be reading it any time soon. That gives me time to develop it, make it pretty and work out exactly what it is I want to write about and who I want to write to.
For the moment this will be a space where I reflect on my (so far very limited) experience in the publishing world and to comment on all things current in the publishing sphere. I’d like to do a separate post on just exactly how I figured out publishing was for me and what I’ve done about it since, but basically it’s a really exciting industry and one that’s rather tricky to get into. I wanted to use this blog as a way of sharing the highs and the lows of a twenty-something year old trying to break into the world of books.
I’ll also, at the risk of being a slight cliché although I personally think you can’t get enough of the following, be writing book reviews. This is a selfish endeavour. There are some books that you simply cannot just finish and then brush aside before moving on to the next literary fling. No. Some demand a period of mourning, in which one grieves the end of a multi-emotional journey, while reflecting on just what a journey it has been. Only once there has been a respectful amount of processing time can that book be returned to its rightful place (on the bookshelf in alphabetical order, of course). My hope is that writing book reviews will help me to articulate these floods of emotions in something vaguely more intellectual than tears – of happiness or joy, or both.
That’s all from me for now – I’ll keep the first few posts short and sweet so as to not immediately scare off what few furtive readers I may have. Look out for my first couple of book reviews coming soon.