As April draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences. It has been a wonderful book launch month. Friends and family have been unrelenting in their helpfulness and the local people of Northamptonshire have been so friendly and supportive. Just yesterday my copy of Northamptonshire Village Magazine ‘Village Connect’ arrived with a full page spread on my launch.
I’ve also been touched by so many of my dear online friends who have rallied behind me and shared, done interviews or featured the book on their blogs. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the lovely support and kind words I’ve received.
In case you hadn’t guessed it, I’ve really enjoyed getting out there and meeting other readers at the book signings and I hope to be able to do some more of these. Being with an American publishing house for my first book meant that promotion last time was restricted to mostly online stuff; any real events were limited those I actually arranged myself. This time things have changed and my new publisher, Legend Press, is keen for me to get out there and take every opportunity to meet people.
I’m currently in talks regarding events for crime reading month in June and will share more details when they’re confirmed. At the end of June I will be sitting on my first crime fiction panel at Beaconlit Literary Festival (you can see their newly released trailer here), and there is the possibility of another author panel at Leicester Literary Festival in October.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about these events. A naturally shy person, I’m far more comfortable sitting in front of a screen, quietly tapping away at the keys. But I’m keen to have a go. Maybe I’ll fall flat on my face, maybe I’ll goof my lines. Who knows? At least I’ll have some anecdotes to make everyone chuckle when I’m sitting in my rocking chair.
These events probably seem small fry to many authors out there, but to me they’re a big deal. Last time I kept telling people I was just a girl who wrote a book. This time I’m embracing the whole author experience – a bit like feeling the fear and doing it anyway. We’ll see how it goes.
Have a wonderful week, all.