Monday, 1 March 2010

SMELL THE ROSES


One of life’s lovely moments last night. I suppose they’re what we live for: I just felt it kicking; A drink? I’d love to; And the bonus ball is… They don’t happen often, which is the way it should be. I remember Chris (of publisher Salt) giving us a frank yet inspirational talk when he visited our creative writing program some years ago. I, naively, said to myself: Right, I’m gonna write you a collection you can’t ignore. And in a way, I suppose I did, though I worked harder and longer on it than the novel.

The MA gave me my love affair with the short story, as we discovered Carver, Proulx, Trevor and many more. They say people don’t buy collections as much as their longer relative. They also say the short story is having a revival, which is exciting. I’ve been meaning to blog for ages about why some voracious readers of fiction hardly go near collections. Perhaps I will now. For me, they’ve perhaps just not read the best out there – always a good place to begin. This might be a good time to direct you to Salt, then. That is one funky website. Their books (and I’ve said this before last night) are stunning, beautifully presented - the finest new literary fiction out there. Have a look; there’s even a sale on at the moment. Buying a book from Salt, you also get to feel a smug warmness inside that you’re supporting an important venture, a publishing trailblazer amid the morass of mainstream commercial silt that is washed our way. (Come the summer, you’ll be able to buy mine (#removes trumpet from mouth#).)

Right, back to the kitchen; there are plans afoot to have a sink in by the end of today.

17 comments:

Susannah Rickards said...

Hi
Just wanted to say Congratulations! on the Salt Prize and hello, as I'm another one of the four. I gather you know some friends of mine - Vanessa Gebbie and Emma Darwin.

Guess we'll meet at some point at one of Salt's legendary parties.

Best,

Susannah

Nicola Morgan said...

OH HOOOOOORAY!! I'm so thrilled for you!

JJ Beattie said...

Congratulations - I saw it over on Vanessa Gebbie's blog.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Big congrats, Tom. Fellow Saltee!

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thanks for your messages.

Hi Susannah - very well done to you. Legendary parties, ya say? Splendid.

Tania Hershman said...

Welcome to the Salt club Tom, I'm so thrilled for you, for my great friend Susannah, and to Patrick Holland and David Mullins, whose stories I look forward to reading. We must have a Salt party now!

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thanks, Tania. Party on.

Julia Bohanna said...

You have TAPped into something good. No SINKing feeling here...lots to PLUG....

Ah shut up Julia and give the man a big WELL DONE!!!

TOM J VOWLER said...

I hope nobody regards the stories as kitsch(en).

I'll get my coat.

Blake Kimzey said...

Totally inspiring, man. I woke up earlier today than normal to write. Now I'm sure your novel will also find a home in no time.

TOM J VOWLER said...

You're too kind, Blake. It does mean you'll get to read 'my' Little Man now. Take care, my friend.

Anna-Marie said...

Well done you! Look forward to reading it:)

Donna Hosie said...

Many congratulations, Tom. Success stories are inspirational to us all.

Mark Appleton said...

Many congratulations, just heard the news via the jungle drums! Enjoy the feeling and the smell of the roses. More success to follow I'm sure. I'll buy the book. Enjoy the party.

Mark

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thank you, Anna-Marie and Donna.

Hey, Mark. A mixed day of news yesterday, yes. Good to hear from you. Hope all well.

Paul said...

I just received my first purchase from Salt over the weekend. I haven't started reading it yet, but I know there will be at least one other I will buy.

TOM J VOWLER said...

Cheers, Paul. I shall regard you as my first sale :)