Copies of the signed Goldsboro books edition of The Gutter Prayer are in the wild, and reactions have been very gratifying so far.
Certain people – certain people known to me on a personal level, and whose names will be noted – have pointed out that my signature is (a) mostly illegible and (b) did not get visibly more illegible after I signed 700 copies. They have mocked my handwriting.
Now, to be fair, my handwriting could be better. It tends to alternate between “childlike scrawl” and “prescription written by a doctor who you sort of suspect of self-prescribing painkillers”. It is… well, there’s a reason I type everything.
But their mockery can be your gain.
Now that I’ve got some spare author’s copies, I’m doing a little contest. Below, you’ll find a page from one of my favourite books, hand-written by yours truly. To enter, all you need to do is comment and name that book. Twitter messages also work.
(If you don’t know the book, I’ll also accept your best guess at the text).
I’ll pick three winners from the correct answers on the 10th of January.
EDIT: I was somewhat unclear above – my author’s copies are of the mass-market edition, not the hardback. However, as I was as ambiguous as my handwriting, I’ll give away two paperbacks and one hardback on the 10th.