A few months ago, Debutante Mia and the other Debs were kind enough to invite me along to talk about how it felt to have my debut book, You Had Me at Halo (NAL), about to hit the shelves. Anyway, they’ve been nice enough to ask me back so that I can give an update on what the last two months have been like.
Well, that’s easy. In fact I can sum up the last two months in one little word. Genius.
About two days after my book hit the shelves I got my first reader email. From a complete stranger. Even better, they said that they really loved it. Wow. Especially since before You Had Me at Halo was released, I’d spent a lot of time honing my mind control techniques to encourage people to buy it, I just hadn’t given much thought to what they might do with it next, so the idea that someone might read and enjoy it was a completely lovely surprise.
Apart from hearing from readers, the two other highlights so far have been the fabulous Publisher’s Weekly review I got where they said ‘It’s The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death.’ I know – that’s the sort of thing a girl could dine out on for the rest of her life!!! Also, thanks to being part of a blog touring group called Girlfriend’s Cyber Circuit, I ended up getting a shout out in the New York Times, which was beyond exciting.
Promotion wise, the thing that worked best for me (apart obviously from the extensive subliminal mind control techniques I mentioned earlier) was doing blog tours. I probably did about thirty all together and they were incredibly diverse; with me talking about everything from about how Georgette Heyer affected my writing (a lot) through to having to write song lyrics to promote my book.
The main downside to the whole thing is that I’ve completely lost the ability to focus on anything that isn’t my book. And I mean anything. In the last two months my family have suffered through numerous burnt dinners, my critique partners have hardly seen me and my work in progress is completely covered in cobwebs. This is a slight problem since I actually want to make a career from this writing business, but I’m hoping that things will settle down soon. As for what’s up next. I have a young adult book coming out and I’m still waiting to hear back on my next women’s fiction project about a stressed out bride’s adventures when she discovers that the world is due to be destroyed four days before her wedding. Oh, and there might possibly be some superheroes involved as well…
So, to celebrate the fact that I’ve survived the first two months of being a published author, I’d like to give away a copy of You Had Me at Halo to someone. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and you’ll go into the draw. Good luck!