People, dear readers, Sallycat supporters across the globe… I can’t quite believe it, but Happy Tango has arrived on Amazon! It seems (although I haven’t actually tried it, I confess) that it can be pre-ordered on amazon.co.ukand that you can register your interest in it on amazon.com… click on those links and you will see exactly what I mean.
See what I mean?
Can you imagine the flutter-of-butterflies feeling as Barbie danced in my tummy when I discovered this little fact, only hours ago? Thing was, a super British tango dancer who originally test-read the book for me back in January, wrote to tell me that he had registered for updates on the book’s publication date, on Amazon. On Amazon? thought I. Naturally, I checked it out pretty pronto, and blimey, there it was. Happy Tango real as real, on the world’s most famous and far-reaching online bookstore! It seems that when you apply for an ISBN number in the UK, the book data you supply gets onto a publishing industry database and gets picked up by booksellers, while you sleep (so to speak). Amazing, no?
The entries on Amazon aren’t complete yet, of course, because the book is only just now being uploaded for printing and then it will take time for information like the cover picture, the book description and the correct number of pages (216 not 250 which was an estimate!), to filter into the Amazon systems (the book will appear on amazon.co.uk most quickly because it’s British, and it will take longer to filter through to amazon.com, and maybe to other Amazons — maybe try your own particular Amazon and let me know, as I am still trying to understand how all that works). And, of course, it will only actually become available to buy when the proof copy has been approved, and I haven’t seen that yet… but I think we are talking only weeks and not months away now, before Happy Tango is out there, in the world, with tango travellers, doing the job it longs to do. Drum roll by a million Barbies (at least as loud as, but far more tuneful than the World Cup vuvuzelas) officially starts here!
As part of the build-up drum roll, I’d love to give you a first glimpse of the relaxed new home I’m furnishing for Happy Tango on the web at sallycatway.com/happytango. Do take a look. Eventually you’ll be able to go straight to Amazon from there to buy the book. It will also be the place for me to post occasional updates (in the form of a blog of The Updates) as they become necessary (between editions), and for you to comment with your feedback, too. I know you might imagine that I’ve been swanning around England sightseeing for the last week and a half, but oh gosh, there’s been a bit of 24/7 trabajo going on, I can tell you — I am so damn determined to get to the end (or perhaps the beginning) now, and in the past weeks that has meant me learning the ropes of interior book layouts, Adobe Acrobat Pro PDF conversions, how to turn a manuscript into a paperback… all things you need to get to grips with if you are going to publish more books in the future, as I am. What a journey. But maybe, just maybe the beginning of the next phase is at last in sight.
Yesterday the journey took Me and C. to Stockport in the north of England, to see our accountant. As is our way, we ended up adventuring beyond the numbers that can govern so much of life, into the town centre where we discovered incredibly beautiful market halls, meat counters capable of making even an Argentine’s mouth water, and friendly people willing to advise Carlos on which barm would be best for a bacon butty. Here are a few fab pics to tempt you, in case you’ve never been lucky enough to get to this historic Lancashire gem. We didn’t actually travel in the train with the girls in mini-kilts, with legs up to their armpits, but if you want to spend more time with them on a steam train, you can sign up with The Railway Touring Company here. What synchronicity that we were awaiting our connection on Chester station at the precise moment when the station-announcer sang in (over the tannoy, leaving the entire station of commuters open-mouthed) the arrival of the steam train, with a powerful rendition of The runaway train came down the track… did I ever mention that I love these little surprise signs that everything is exactly as it is meant to be? The timings of The Universe… I mean, don’t you just love them?
And then, putting Amazon and Happy Tango on one side, we come to the second reason to be cheerful, and well, I reckon that whether you are into the World Cup or not, and whether you are supporting Argentina in the World Cup or not, you can’t fail to smile at the sight of Carlos celebrating the first Argentine win of the tournament, with the BBC (or maybe it was ITV) in Warrington, which is sort of near Stockport. My family couldn’t help smiling to think that we were celebrating with him… I mean, a few years ago, before Argentina became more than The Hand of God and The Falklands to me, we would have probably been yelling at the telly (I am slightly ashamed to say) for the Argies to lose. Food for thought no? It certainly was for us, and as we reflected a bit on that over a curry after the match, I for one was relieved that my perspective has been changed (as it always can be, if only I allow it to) by touching the soul of another human being, and listening to its unique song.
As for my own unique song, thanks for listening to it bubbling here today, and I hope, for listening to a bit more of it once Happy Tango is available. If you do get the chance to pre-order the book, or register interest in it on Amazon, that’d be so cool. It’d be amazing beyond words if Happy Tango could rise up the Amazon sales rankings and fly the flag for independent publishers everywhere, for Argentine tango as it is danced in Buenos Aires, and for all of us who are prepared to travel to the ends of the earth (or at least, to other continents) and beyond, to live our dreams.
ps. And just for fun (added on Sunday 20th June), here’s the current Amazon Sales Rank for Happy Tango in the UK… and like I said, the cover image is to come later… and hopefully, lots of fabulous ratings and reviews from you guys!