The title of this blog post is the title I have chosen for my book. I will save the pretentious, hour-long explanations of the deep meaning behind it for when I am speaking to vast, excited throngs who have come to see me on my global book tour.
The blurb I have settled on is as follows:
And it started off so well.
When a middle-aged British man meets a charming Russian émigré, he thinks he might have found what he’s looking for. But she lets slip a secret and everything changes, forcing him to confront her past and the choices she’s made. Filled with self-doubt and seeking answers, he plunges into the world of Brooklyn’s artists where relationships don’t follow the normal rules, and third-wave feminists join misfit hipsters in an annual pilgrimage to the Burning Man festival. But the more he discovers, the more questions arise. Why did she leave Moscow and move to New York? Why did she divorce a husband she loved? And why is she sticking with him, a man with a complicated past of his own?
Provocative, funny and refreshingly honest, this is a story of an ordinary man in love with a very modern woman.
I don’t intend to change this, unless someone comes up with a minor suggestion in the comments which is immediately obvious to me as an improvement.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed in the comments of my previous two posts on this subject, and a very large thank you is due to commenters Bloke in Germany and Matthew McConnagay whose re-writes I leaned on heavily in coming up with this final version. Both are entitled to a free copy of the book, should they want one, and a beer or several should I ever meet them. Really, thanks guys.
The good news is, as I said previously, that my running it as a free serial will be the main marketing pitch for the book so the blurb isn’t as crucial. If it turns out to be a runaway success, I can always hire someone to write a proper one for me.
I have finished implementing my editor’s recommendations, accepting without question the overwhelming majority of them which were inherently sensible and definitely improved the final product. My next step is to contact the outfit I am hoping can make me a professional cover, both for the e-book and paperback versions. Once that’s done I can launch the e-book straightaway I think. From what I can see, the paperback will take a little longer because I’ll need to get one printed out for myself to check before putting them up for sale on Amazon and ordering the thirty-thousand copies I’ll sell by the side of the road. I’m not sure how long the cover design will take and the uploading process, but I’m hoping to get the e-book published sometime in January. I’ll keep you all posted.