For instance, I was made a legitimate offer by a US publisher, which I feel some affection for. (Yay!) And, with the help of my agents, I decided to pass on the offer. (Gulp.) A long, complicated string of reasons came to bare on the decision. But the end result is that the quest continues.
In the meantime, I have been learning to get used to the notion that people I don't know (and will likely never meet) are reading my book, and enjoying it enough to take the time to write a review in praise of my work. The generosity of strangers is an odd concept to get my head around. For instance, the Amazon US site, at the time I am writing this, has 10 5-star reviews of GFN. A few of them are from people I personally know, a couple from people I know of, and the other half are from strangers. IT BLOWS MY MIND.
Besides Amazon US, another review showed up on Amazon UK:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lastly, on March 25th, Sue Wilkinson from across the pond decided to write a short post in her blog, Wot Sue Discovered Next about my book. In part she wrote, "Its not all doom gloom and despair, its beautifully comic, poignant. How we can receive unexpected kindnesses from the most unlikely of places, a view from the perspective of the dispossessed. That phase of life where you think, I'll just give it one more day/week/hour. In this way the book reminds me of the gentle humour of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down, about a group of disparate people who have reached the end of their tether but collectively agree to give it a little longer and reconvene to see if they still feel the same way. Brandon Graham does this well, with slightly more guts to the text."
It's funny to realize some of the issues my characters wrestle with in my fictional narrative, have come home to roost as part of my real life publishing experience. Cheers.