First (of the firsts) is this online listing for The Bold Ship Phenomenal on Nationwide Book Distributors website. They’re distributing the book for me, and they’re taking trade pre-orders now.
The second first is The Bold Ship Phenomenal’s first review. This is what Sue Copsey says about it on her blog.
“…The Bold Ship Phenomenal, due out later this year, made me cry as I edited it. It’s not a sad book though – the make-you-cry bit is just a small part. The rest is a page-turning adventure with a ship in a bottle as its star, and a strong nature theme. It’s classically New Zealand, but everyone, everywhere will love it. Take my word for it!”
So what with two surprises and confirmation that printing is underway in China, it’s been a pretty exciting week all round. The Bold Ship Phenomenal, as a book, rather than a story, is beginning to feel real.