I received news yesterday that Aladdin
has earned its first batch of royalties; my second book to have done so after The Night Before Christmas
. The sum is modest (and as I'd fully expected, nowhere near that first earned by Night
), but not insubstantial, and is certainly something to be grateful for. As I understand it, it seems to have sold the most number of copies in Spain, followed by France and Italy. I'm now wondering (or perhaps romanticising) whether Spain's Moorish history might have lent her a greater affection for tales such as those found in the One Thousand and One Nights
I thank everyone who has lent their support and shown their appreciation in purchasing the book. I'm truly very grateful.
I would also like to take a moment to say a very heartfelt thank you to HouseofChabrier
, who, as I found to my great surprise, has written extraordinarily kind reviews
to three of my books on Amazon UK (I only found them in preparation to writing this journal entry, and was able to recognise her from her account name). I'm very, very touched indeed by so kind a regard -- probably far more than the books deserve -- and for the appreciation and loyalty she has shown to the varied aspects of my work here on dA.
In other book news, I now find that the new Vintage Classics edition of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle
with my cover illustration has become available for pre-order.
This book happens to be a particular favourite of mine; one of those books to which one remains loyal through life. If you have not read it,
shame on you
I urge you to do so at the soonest opportunity.
If you missed out on securing a copy of the 150th anniversary edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
in its limited edition release back in 2009, the good news is that The Folio Society are planning to re-issue the book in a smaller, less costly edition. It will have all of the original illustrations, the main differences being that its production details will be altogether less lavish (but still very much up to the usual Folio standards for their regular editions), and there will be no signed limited edition etching. I surmise that there must have been some demand for it after selling out within a month of its release to have prompted this decision on Folio's part. Although I can honestly say that I shudder at some of the work I did for that now, and were I given the chance to re-do this book again, I would so happily leap at it.
Finally, I should have posted this a while ago, but it continually escaped me: there is a rather useful profile of me
together with a handy list of publications on Palazzo Editions' website. There also happens to be, unfortunately, a (mercifully small) photograph (argh), which, by the way, was taken outside Number 4, Sydney Place in Bath, where Jane Austen spent a period of her life. I will include the link on my profile page here, too.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you so much to new watchers, to everyone for all your favourites, for your continued interest, and quite simply for your general tolerance.
I am not always able to reply to every comment and have had to choose not to thank everyone individually for favourites and watches, for which I do apologise. Please be assured, however, that I appreciate them all very much.
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