The day is finally here and with great excitement I can happily announce that my first novel ‘Open Evening’ is going to be published!
As some of you may have seen the other day I put up the picture of a date on both the tweet machine and Facebook (or life invader, the name I prefer). And yes and this is actually happening.
On the 29th of September 2016 Open Evening will be available as an e-book initially and then later on in mid-October will see the release of it on paper back.
This blog site has been the very forefront of my publication journey in the past few years and finally there is a destination on the horizon. If you look to the right you can see a countdown of sorts that I had ‘fun’ trying to put up on Tuesday (look I don’t computer well ok).
If you have come from life invader you will have seen my short but sweet announcement video available to watch here.
As many of you book people will know getting published takes a lot of organisation and firing back and forth of emails. Now you’re probably asking who will be publishing Open Evening.
Well back in December I made contact with Nicky Fitzmaurice of Satin Publishing, an e-pub house I have had my eye on for some time. After sending my work to Nicky she happily accepted and will be editing the book (as well as doing many more things in terms of publishing it).
Open Evening has been recognised as YA (young adult) in genre and will hopefully appeal to a broad range of ages. You can read what it’s all about here.
Now finding success through publishing a book is not something that can be done single handed. Having already organised the services of an editor/publisher I have also been on the lookout for somebody to help promote and publicise the book.
Last week I asked a good friend of mine and fellow blogger Matt Streuli if he would help publicise things?
‘Of course’ he said (in abridged form). Now some of you will already know Matt who does fantastic work, blogging and campaigning for the awareness and stigma that comes with mental health. His journey in the past year can be seen in his many blog posts about the subject of mental health. He has appeared on the radio and even writes for the Huffington post. I will even mention that every year he finds new and innovative ways to advertise the community drama club we both belong to.
What needs to be done?
So my book team has been organised and ready to assemble, what happens now?
Well there is still a lot to consider before any of you read the first words that begin Open Evening.
Firstly I need to get in contact with a cover artist. I know the saying about never judging a book by its cover but people do so it needs to be good.
Then I will need to get my head around all things that make up the publishing process. After all this is a journey of discovery.
At some point I shall sit down with Matt and discuss all the ways I can annoy people on social media about my book.
Importantly I will be blogging and bringing any updates onto here in order to build up an even bigger following that I already have. That ladies and gentlemen is where you come in.
No writer has ever found success without the support of loyal readers and in this day and age, followers. Quite honestly I need you all to like, share, retweet, re-blog and rewind the VHS before taking it back to blockbuster (what?). Seriously I need you, because on that day of publication I want Open Evening to make a dent in whatever list or chart it finds itself on. My dream is for the world to read my stuff and it’s on the horizon, but only if you help. There may be a signed book or cup of tea for your reward.
I said 2016 will be my #YearOfWriting and it is. So come with me if you want to read…
Thank you all sincerely for reading this and liking my posts on whatever social media platform you find me on. It means everything to me. This journey has been long but its going to get interesting soon.