It might have taken longer (much longer) than I had anticipated – and there’s a lesson to be learned there, of course – but, after three months of toiling away behind the scenes, I’m delighted to announce that the Tiny Books site is now live.
I’ve been working under the radar, hidden in plain view, for the last three months developing the site and gathering helpful feedback, and today – 1 April, 2016; April Fools’ Day – I’m delighted to announce that the Tiny Books site is now, finally, live.
I’m grateful to everyone that has helped me to get to this point. In particular, I’d like to thank: Jordan Moore, for helping me build the final site, ensuring it’s fit for purpose; Vic Bell, for developing a brand, that I love; and, finally, Cara Murphy – my wife – for cracking the whip and keeping me focused, as Tiny Books’ Project Manager.
On 1 January, 2016 I wrote a short post – Start! – acknowledging the fact that I’d promised progress, but delivered very little. As I put it then:
I made promises too soon. I didn’t deliver. Lesson learned.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, not least the need to be a little more realistic in my timelines.
I’m working on Tiny Books on top of: my teaching at the Belfast School of Art; my work as a design consultant; my writing elsewhere; and my speaking engagements… all of which inform my thinking. There are only so many hours in the day, and it’s been a hard lesson to learn that I can only do so much in the time I have available.
I’m delighted, however, to finally share some of what I’ve been working on, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thinking – here – from now on.
My first book, Start!, is currently in the final editing phase. A final draft is written – Hurrah! – and I’m currently working through the edits with my editor, Owen Gregory.
I’ll be writing here, at the Tiny Books Journal, as I work on completing it, the first book of many I have planned. I’ve missed writing and sharing my thinking since I called it a day at The Standardistas – almost three years ago – and I’m looking forward to having a home for my thoughts, once again.
If you’re RSS inclined, the site has a feed. Alternatively you might like to sign up for the newsletter, to be notified when books are published. Lastly, you might like to follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be sharing links I think readers will find useful.
I’m looking forward to embarking on this journey, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.