Yet another busy week has gone by but with a special twist.
These weeks are still busy with all things focused on The Wainwrights in Colour Book, any chance of a holiday hasn’t come over the horizon yet but needs must. The highest priority is to fulfill orders and commitments associated with the book.
Tuesday was a day of driving to Grange over Sands to supply a new stockist for the books- Daisyroots, a mostly second hand bookshop but with a selection of new books of which The Wainwrights in Colour is now one.
From Grange it was then up to Kendal and a meeting to discuss one of the future talks. This one should be rather special as we have been able to book the Council Chamber in the Town Hall for one of my presentations, this building was where Wainwright actually worked during the period that he was working on the Pictorial Guides. The Council Chamber with its wall of portraits of town dignitaries should make an atmospheric and poignant venue. The date for this event will be confirmed shortly.
After leaving Kendal the journey took me up to Keswick and to George Fishers shop to leave off another order of books. Time for a bite to eat at Abraham’s cafe there before heading west to Cockermouth. There I had a photo opportunity with the guys from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team for a promotional shot for the talk next week in the town at The Kirkgate Centre
An hour or two distributing posters around the town and then it was time to head home.
Next day, Wednesday, was another early start, this time heading south down the M1 with a drop off of more books at J R Nicholls in Denby Dale, another small bookshop who seems to be doing rather well with the books, this was his second order in as many weeks.
From there it was on to Sheffield for the main purpose of the day, another Wainwrights in Colour presentation, this time as part of the Adventure Book Week at Sheffield Central Library.
A great audience turnout for a warm sunny summer afternoon and it seems that the talk went down rather well.
Thursday was a different day altogether, a morning spent signing and numbering copies of the book at the workshop before the truck turned up. Yes, a special delivery today.
This delivery was of the very last few pallets of the books from the printers. Luckily they were able to stagger the delivery for me as storing them all in one go would have been a problem. But there they were, the final batch of books….ever. I still get asked about the second print run and although I have said it before I will say it again, when this run of 5000 copies is sold that is it, there will not be a second print run. These boxes are the last, when they are gone they are gone. there are still a good number of books to sell but with the steady flow of orders almost daily and the regular re-stocking of bookshops the pile is getting smaller.
The more I go out and give talks the more the word is spreading. I have recently been updating the events calendar here but more dates are being added regularly so if you would like to come along to hear the background story to The Wainwrights in Colour then do keep an eye on the calendar and book your tickets. The presentations are normally in small intimate venues so booking is advised.
So that was basically my week, no time for painting as yet but my brain is buzzing with my new ideas.
Watch this space.