Finishing up a book for publication is always an exciting moment - all that work coming to fruition, and the sense of a long-term project being wrapped up. Of course, there are nerves, too. Are readers going to like it? Will reviewers think it's a good thing? Will it make an impact, or sink without a trace? Did I catch that last, lurking typo when I was proof-checking?
It's been no different with my latest edited volume, Devolutionary Readings: English-Language Poetry and Contemporary Wales, which is in the final production stages with the simply excellent Peter Lang and is due out later this year. I'm excited to have such a fine array of contributors - and have fingers firmly crossed that their work gets the enthusiastic reception I honestly think it deserves. The proof-checking stage is great for getting an overview of what's been done, and I enjoyed the care, detail, and punchiness of what my authors had produced. Will readers agree with me? I hope so!