Thursday, 2 September 2010

New term, New book by Keren David

It’s a big day today. First day of a new school year for my son (my daughter goes back for one measly hour tomorrow). He’s half excited, half nervous, looking forward to seeing his friends, being right at the top of primary school. Wondering what his new teacher will be like, and if there will be any new kids in his class.
It’s a big day for me as well. My second book is published today. Watching a book go out into the world is a little bit like watching one's child start a new school. Will it make any friends? Will it be successful?
My new book Almost True is a sequel to my first one, When I Was Joe. So it’s got a big brother, if you like, to help it along. But, just like children, you want the younger one to make their own way, be judged on their own merits. They’re together, yet separate. And getting more independent of me - the mother/author - all the time.
Parents/authors tend to worry about their offspring/books in the early days to the extent that they forget that any other child/book exists. But once they’re at school/on sale you realise that your child/book is one amongst many. Each has their own talents and gifts. Each finds its own way. Some might hang out in that popular paranormal crowd. Some make it onto a team/series. Others are stand-alone loners. When your baby/book is conceived you often don’t know quite which way it’s heading.
Sometimes your child/book does amazing things all on its own. It wins prizes, perhaps, or makes lots and lots of friends. It passes all those tests and examinations set by reviewers, librarians and booksellers.
But perhaps it might make mistakes, or offend and upset people. Or fail to attract people's attention, never quite reaching its potential. How responsible are you, the parent/author? How much can you blame or thank the teachers/publishers and all the other people who influence your child/book.
So, if you see my boy…errr...book…think of me, the anxious mum sitting at home. I'll be wondering how things are going. Have I done my work well? Is it ready to face the world without me?

16 comments:

catdownunder said...

When it reaches Australia I purromise to purrlay nicely! :-)
Seriously, I do wonder what it is like seeing your book come into the world - rather nervewracking I suspect. Good luck!

Nicola Morgan said...

Lovely post and not just almost true but very very true. I have READ Almost True and can truthfully say that it is just as wonderful as its older brother. Good luck! (And to your son!)

Nick Cross said...

Good luck with Almost True! At least you don't have to wake your book up in the morning and shout at it to get on the bookshelf and tidy its pages!

Linda said...

Good luck with book two - looking forward to reading it.

Savita Kalhan said...

I'm sure Almost True will be as good as its older brother, and I look forward to holding a signed copy in my hands within a few weeks! I'll only be able to hold it briefly as it'll be swiped from my clutches by my son the instant I walk through the door, and the pleasure of reading it will have to wait until he's finished it!
Good luck with it and with the US publication of When I was Joe!

Sue Purkiss said...

Good luck with the children and the book - a really lovely post!

maryom said...

Best of luck for both books and children. Hope they all have a wonderful year.

Penny Dolan said...

Hope both do very very well, Keren, and I'll be looking out for the new & highly recommended book.

And now you have so much time on your hands . . .?

Anna Bowles said...

I just got around to reading Joe's first story - love the teenage boy voice. Congratulations on number 2!

Keren David said...

Thanks everyone! Nick - the boys are as tidy as they will ever be. But their little sister is still at home and definitely needs to tidy her pages.

adele said...

This comparison (children and books!)is one I often make too. It strikes me as very accurate in very many ways. Good luck to your offspring both real and paper!

Keren David said...

Thanks! I keep on thinking of new ways in which the comparison works - how pushy should an author/parent be, for example. And is one's book/child better off in a big or small school/publishing house?

Elaine AM Smith said...

Now the books are able to go out together they are ripe for buy-one-get-one-free. They'll be skipping off happily in pairs, so much less lonely than sitting singly on the shelf. ;)

Stroppy Author said...

Congratulations, Keren and I hope your book/boy is happy. Successful is nice (and comes in many guises) but happy is paramount.

Rosalind Adam said...

Good luck with the new book, Keren, and I can so sympathise with your need to hold on to the off-spring/books. It's that guilty mother thing again.

Miriam Halahmy said...

Mazeltov on the kids, the books and the forthcoming launch. Sounds as though everything is going in the right direction, which I thought it would when I first heard you talk about 'Joe' this time last year at the Hampstead festival.I'm looking forward to reading how Joe resolves his problems.