I can't believe it's Monday. Only 3 more sleeps until my book comes out! How mental is that? I can still remember when my agent told me, about a year ago, that Orion would be publishing my novel. Back then publication day felt like a distant dream that could be snatched away from me in a heartbeat and now it's nearly here!
Thank you all SO MUCH for the lovely comments you left on my last post. You'll be pleased to hear I've stopped crying! Sorry I didn't reply but I've been hard at work answering interview questions and writing guest posts for the Virtual Book Tour which starts this Friday. I've completed seventeen interviews/posts with eight left to do!
I've also managed to squeeze in a little bit of editing of novel 2 which is now at a healthy 70%. My aim is to complete the first edit by the end of this month (squeezing it in between the day job, various nights out and the sale of my flat!) and then take a week off in November to read it aloud to myself and really get it up to scratch. What's the betting I'll end up moving house in that week?!
These last few months have been the busiest of my life and there have been times when I've felt like I was drowing in a sea of 'to do' lists but I'm gradually getting there. By December 1st (when I have to deliver novel 2 to my editor) I'll be able to breathe again!
Other published authors have told me to make sure I leave enough space in my life to really enjoy the publication of my novel (as one said, "You only publish your debut novel once") and that's my plan for this week. Earlier today I rang a local bar to ask them to reserve a table for me and fourteen friends so we can have a champagne celebration on publication day. The manager said he'd give me a free bottle of champagne if I signed a copy of my book for him. It was his suggestion - I didn't try and blag one or anything ! Amazing!
I think I'll spend part of Thursday (pre-drinks) wandering around various bookshops in town to see if I can spot my novel. It's going to be promoted in WHSmiths Travel Shops but shops like Waterstones and Borders should also stock it (although it'll be on the shelves under T for Taylor rather than on the tables). If you spot my book anywhere please let me know. And if you could take a photo that would be very cool!
Okay, right. That's about it for now. I'll be back on Thursday to announce the details of a very special short story competition I'm running to celebrate the launch of my novel. Please spread the word on your blogs/twitter/facebook etc if you can. I'm soooooo excited about it and I hope you will be too.
p.s. I did let out a loud squeeeeeeeee earlier this week when Chicklitreviews.com gave my book 5/5 and a lovely review. You can check it out by clicking HERE.