Last week I received my sweet, sweet 50 copies of The Fulcrum. After all the sweat, blood, tears and screaming was I elated? Thrilled? Overjoyed? No. Because the font wasn’t exactly as perfect as I wanted it to be.
Long story, I won’t bore you with the details, but it involves machine error and gif evidence and stern emails.
I sat stewing on that for about two days wondering whether to reprint it all to have the font with capital serifs in exactly the right proportion to the body of the typeface that had occurred in the proofs, so that the fat slide of the ‘S’ and the meaty sides of the ‘O’ registered not as thin and hungry in comparison to the rest of the letter but as perfectly balanced and in propor–
Well. I almost couldn’t not bore you with it because it vexed me so.
But then I had a choice to make: fight with the printers and wait longer for my book to be FINISHED finished or just choose the path of least resistance and let these little fuckers out into the world and be free of my endless pedantry.
So here we are. At the end of the production line, fully formed, with a body and a cover and back cover and PERFECT TYPESETTING EVEN THOUGH THE FULL GLORY OF IT IS INDISCERNIBLE WITH ALL THOSE—- you know what, it’s fine. I’m fine. It’s okay. My friends have said it’s fine and so it’s fine.
Where was I. Oh yes, fully formed and in the world and ready to go to new eyeballs and brains and hearts.
And I am very excited about that. E-books are fine, but there is something so much more real about holding a really real book in your hands and being able to share that with others.
I’ll be looking to get some copies into a store here or there, but until then, you can order from me if you like. Simply reply to this email (if you’re a subscriber) or drop me mail in the contact form. I have about 22 copies left.
For readers in territories other than South Africa, I’ll be loading the print-on-demand (POD) version to Amazon on 24 September. If you order on that platform, Amazon will print you a copy in your country and deliver it to you.