Joburg Expat: A Real-Life Book to Touch and Feel and Gaze at Adoringly

June 3, 2014

A Real-Life Book to Touch and Feel and Gaze at Adoringly

After months of wading knee-deep in paragraph styles, margins, and those devilish Word section breaks I'll soon tell you more about, it feels almost anticlimactic. It feels more like I want to take a long rest, especially from all things keyboard and word processor. And yet I do want to celebrate this milestone, because that's what it is.

I published my first Paperback!

Every writer toying with the idea of one day writing a book has an image in his or her mind, and it's not of a Kindle screen. It's of an actual, physical book she can hold in her hands, leaf through, and otherwise mostly gaze at adoringly for hours. It's like a shiny new car! It looks good in so many places! Copies of it piled in a stack! Randomly tossed onto the coffee table! Next to a mug of freshly-made cappuccino! In the bookshelf with your favorite authors! In a selfie with your sweaty tennis outfit on!

In a selfie with sweaty tennis outfit

Randomly tossed (ok, arranged carefully) on coffee table

In bookshelf with other books by (more) famous authors

Piled in a big stack

Maybe this is why I'm pretty confident books will never be obsolete.The readers might not care how they're consuming a good story and might opt in ever greater numbers for the electronic convenience. But authors never will give up on publishing their works in a good ole book.

It's too nice to see your own name on the cover of one.


Here's where you can order Kilimanjaro Diaries, the Paperback:
United States: Amazon.com, UK: Amazon.co.uk, Germany: Amazon.de.

If you don't live in any of these countries or prefer the Kindle version, you can order it from these Amazon stores: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.inAmazon.frAmazon.esAmazon.itAmazon.co.jpAmazon.com.brAmazon.caAmazon.com.mx, and Amazon.com.au.

Not sure yet that you'll like it? Perhaps take a look at what others are saying about Kilimanjaro Diaries:
Even though I have no plans to climb Kilimanjaro, I really enjoyed reading Kilimanjaro Diaries. I read many of Sine’s blog posts about her Kili climb back when it actually happened in 2012, and it was great to see how she expanded those posts into a book. I especially loved the early chapters, when Sine describes her preparations (or non-preparations, in some cases) for the climb, and the late chapters when she tells the story of her summit attempt. I don’t want to give away the ending but I’ll just say that I cried... [Excerpt from 2Summers.net. Read more here.]
A funny, wry, and moving account ... Sine devotes a chapter to each day of the 7-day climb, and I have never felt so strongly that I was on a journey I wasn’t actually on. I felt the exhaustion and camaraderie along the way, sharing each day’s challenges and pleasures. I saw the rainforest at the lowest elevation and the “bleak but sunlit alpine desert” as they climbed higher; I always felt the terrain beneath my feet. I felt like I was listening in on their regular topics of conversation... [Excerpt from Bacon on the Bookshelf. Read more here.]