I know a book blogger called Dr Ananda. I met her on twitter and I like her very much. She’s an unabashed book-obsessive (as all good book bloggers are), but more than that she always goes that extra mile in support of authors and fellow bloggers. She’s a gorgeous presence who lights up my twitter timeline with infectious enthusiasm. My love for Ananda has only increased since she recently put into motion a very lovely experience for me.
When Ananda read The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance back in April, she declared, in a tweet, that it was her new favourite book of all time. A pretty mind-bending thing for any author to hear. Ananda didn’t just give me a stellar review, though. She went a fair few steps further and recommended the book to a publisher in her home country of Macedonia. I was soon chuffed (as was Ananda) to discover that the editor in Macedonia also loved the book and a Macedonian deal was quickly struck with my agent. Hurrah!
When I saw the cover I sort of squeaked with excitement. The illustration is the same fantastic Jacqueline Bisset drawing from Pan Mac’s UK edition, with the title of the book in this gorgeous bold, badass font that I love, even though it makes no sense to me. Also – seeing your name Cyrillic text is fucking brilliant. As is the attention the book is getting on the publisher’s busy facebook page (I understand none of what it says, but it all looks positive!).
Ananda is kindly sending me a copy of this beauty, as we speak. Of course, I have asked her to sign the inside for me, as she played such a huge part in its existence. Can’t wait to get my mitts on it.
Thanks Ananda and Sakam Knigi. I’m so honoured to be published in Macedonia.