What a surreal moment.
Sitting in the garden of my publisher’s house, signing copies of my book.
Stacks of my labour of love all around me, my name on the cover an exhilarating reminder of what I’ve achieved.
I’ve dreamt of this moment. To say I’m an author, to scrawl my amateurish signature on copies of my book that people have ordered.
To sign something other than to certify I’ve received my Amazon delivery is a little weird!
The very fact that people have spent their hard-earned cash on just the premise of my book – that has blown me away. It’s a real thrill – and you all have my gratitude.
As I trotted out my signature over, and over, and over again, I then started to worry.
‘What if people don’t like it? What if they read it and then droves of 1-star reviews flood in declaring my work an odious turd of a tome? People pleading for a refund for the time they spent turning each page?’
It could happen, but I’ve still achieved my life goal.
I’m still an author.
I’d be destroyed if you don’t like it. The title-winning team of 1991 are the object of my closest affections – all I aim to do with this book is give them the adulation their spectacular efforts deserve.
I sincerely hope you all finish reading the book and come away knowing how good they really were – one of our finest, if not one of this land’s greatest. For that one season, they simply couldn’t be stopped by footballing means – or by points deductions or the skipper being sentenced to jail.
They were a phenomenal team, and the book hopefully highlights every glint of their shine.
Signing, signing, still signing. The ‘D’ in my signature becomes a little embellished.
A few special dedications for people who have helped push me.
Over 200 copies of my book stand before me – all with my signature. These were hours I won’t forget.
It may not sell well, but the fact it’s sold any is still strange to me. The book I’ve spent the best part of a year researching and writing – I now have my hands on it – and I’m signing it.
It’s finally here.
There will be two launch events, keep your eyes peeled on my Twitter – @JokAFC – for all the info when it gets announced.
You can still order, just go to – http://www.legendspublishing.net/product/almost-invincible-arsenal-the-class-of-1991/
I hope you enjoy the book!