My debut novel The Second Love Of My Life was first published here in the UK a year ago today! It was a dream come true to hold the book in my hands and see it on the book shelves. And it still is.
I still receive messages from readers who have enjoyed the book and that is always the most wonderful feeling. Getting published was a long journey for me, and for most writers, so knowing the book has found a place in someone’s heart just makes it all worthwhile.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who got a copy and supported the book’s release (and who are still supporting it and me!). Being a writer can be lonely sometimes and it’s easy to doubt yourself so knowing that someone has enjoyed your book is a huge boost and you guys have put a smile on my face so many times since publication.
Lots of love and hugs,
Last night, I made my way to London Town for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards as my novel The Second Love Of My Life was on the shortlist for the Contemporary Romance award.
Here are all the books in my category:
The professional photos with the other nominees:
Obligatory pre-event selfie:
The event was held in a lovely building in Whitehall full of original features and it all had a Beauty and the Beast feel to it.
If only I had a library like this. Swoon.
Sadly, my book didn’t win (I was robbed, obvs 😃) but it was lovely to have been nominated and it’s always lots of fun meeting other authors and publishing peeps. Plus there was pink fizz to be had!
So happy it was finally warm enough to wear my new jacket!
Here I am with lovely author Ali McNamara:
With my agent Hannah Ferguson:
And, here are the three of us!
It’s always fun having a glamorous writer night out. But tonight it’s all back to normal and I’m slouching on the sofa in sweats watching Netflix with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.
You’ve got to keep it real folks.
Just TWO days to go now ….
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THREE days now! The Summer I Met You …
FOUR days until The Summer I Met You …
FIVE days until The Summer I Met You …
My debut novel The Second Love Of My Life will be published in April 2016. I think people who have no experience of publishing can’t believe it takes so long from signing a book deal to the book arriving on shelves so I thought I would do a series of posts to explain the journey, and hopefully it will still be interesting to writers who are yet to take their journey too.
The time since signing my book deal with Headline has been spent editing the manuscript with my editor there. There have been several rounds of edits making structural changes and a closer line edit looking at the book in more detail to try to make it the best it can be.
This has meant many a day sat at the table tweaking my book with Harry trying to distract me:
My book has now been passed to a copy editor and I’m waiting for those edits to arrive – these will be looking at spelling, grammar and making sure there are no errors, mistakes, typos etc, anything we’ve missed in previous edits basically. A fresh pair of eyes always helps!
While this is happening, the novel is now available for pre-order on all the usual book buying sites. I was particularly excited to see it appear on Waterstones.com as a Waterstones bookseller myself. Seeing it there ready for people to buy has made it seem all the more real *nervous face*
Then I received an email I have been eagerly awaiting – the design of my cover! I am absolutely thrilled with how it looks. Headline have made a really beautiful cover for me, one that fits the book perfectly I think. I am hoping I can share it with you all very soon. Watch this space ….
If you have any questions about my publishing journey pop them in the comments and I’ll answer them in future posts!