A few quick updates for those who liked The Englishman’s Cameo (and for those who didn’t: Haaah!). But seriously, these are all very encouraging bits of news for a newbie author writing in a genre that the literati seems to generally frown upon.
First of all, The Englishman’s Cameo (or, as Hachette and I refer to it, TEC) has been long-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in the Fiction Category. All right, nomination and long-listing seems to be synonymous this year, but still. The competition’s very stiff; there are 72 other books in the running, with entries from both stalwarts as well as new authors. TEC needs all the luck and good wishes it can get (not to mention votes).
Secondly, a bit of good news for those who live in the UK and have been waiting to lay their hands on the book: Little, Brown will release TEC in UK stores in October 2010. The book’s already been featured on the UK-based book site Curious Book Fans and by the time the book’s on the shelves in the UK, you can hope for more: a review, an interview, etc.
Lastly, something that’s really not that much in the way of literary recognition, but hey, so what. The Indian National Parliament Library purchased The Englishman’s Cameo in February 2010. And Arti Jain of Friends of Books assures me that ‘they’re very discerning’. So I take that as a pat on the back!