...I defy even the most dilettante of readers to stand firm against the efforts of these two. Firstly, Myrna, now in daily contact with the buyers at W.H. Smith, and decidedly not happy with what they're telling her - namely that TOYPD is not on their list. She is at this moment gift-wrapping a copy of the book, with a personal letter straight to her main contact at Smith's complete with request that the contact makes up her own mind in life, and does not just do what the overall buyers have decided. So, that's one person who's going to have to read the book whether she likes it or not. And you know what? I bet Myrna gets Smith's to take the book, I really do.
Also in my corner, the IPC director who dropped in from the blue last week, and not content to just let her fantastically generous offer - of free advertising in their titles - stand, has written again to ask whether I need her to contact my publishers' directly to "get things moving" and has come up with various other promotional ideas as well. Frankly, who needs publishers when there are mothers-in-law and people who drop in from the blue?