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Thursday, January 09, 2020


Some cover and interior art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
for my new novel, now in pre-order
   Blurbs are in and are, well, downright fabulous... They'll be trickling out soon.
   Heaps of shares on social media, but I'm still thinking I'm the Queen Ignoramus of Marketing. If you're a friend to my books, please share the news and any images you like, on blogs or facebook or twitter or whatever you prefer (unless you are a Bartleby sort, in which case, please have a cup of tea and a lie-down.) And don't forget my still-new The Book of the Red King!


  1. Ah yes, the Queen Ignoramus of Marketing. And yet there's that knowing look over the right shoulder. Not: I Am Lying but the much more teasing, I May Be Lying. More ways to sell a book, Horatio. And lo, Horatio does sell the story with enormous and gratifying results. Yeah, very ignoramic.

    1. Perhaps the truth is simply that poetry is impossible to spread in this age unless you write the Rupi Kaur sort of thing... But I don't. Perhaps I'm not doing it wrong; perhaps it's just not doable for most poetry books.

      Or maybe Billy Collins is the model of what gets read in the academically-supported realm, which is the main arena for poets.

      So maybe I'm not ignorant; maybe it's just the times. John Wilson mentioned in a review recently that the readers of the late "Books & Culture" were surveyed once, and that only 50% expressed interest in poetry. And that's a group focused on reading books!


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.