In the words of the lovely Caroline, I just need to say...OMG OMG OMG OMG!!
My book has been spotted OUT in the big wide world...in the Taunton branch of Waterstones, no less. Yes! According to partner's mum, there was a big display of them on a table there! On a TABLE, no less! Not just a shelf, oh no. A BIG DISPLAY!!!! ON A TABLE!!!!!
I am so happy to be on a table. Fantastic. It feels GREAT to be on a table in the Taunton branch of Waterstones. People in Taunton might be reading my book RIGHT NOW. Wow. It is a very strange feeling. I'm not sure what's going on though - in fact, hearing this did throw me a bit.
They're not meant to be on sale until the 6th!
"I'm not ready yet!" I kept saying. "I haven't told people yet, I haven't really gone for shameless plugging overkill or anything!!" I went all hysterical with excitement actually, kept laughing at everything and anything, to the point where I thought I was going to start crying. (Does this happen to anyone else, btw? Or is it just me??)
Anyway, partner's mum has bought a copy (thanks, Val!). I hope she hasn't got to the rude bits yet otherwise she might get the wrong idea about me. (Don't read the rude bits, Val!) We're going to stay with her next week, so I might have to take some scissors with me and chop out any pages with saucy scenes on...
So that's Bangkok and now Taunton. And two copies sold already, counting the lovely JJ's copy. I haven't been into Brighton yet so don't know if they're here. But if you are anywhere near a book shop this weekend and see a copy, please tell me so I can be excited about that place as well as Taunton. And maybe if you do see any in the book shop, you could do me a massive favour and say (in a really loud voice), "Wow! Lucy Diamond! I have been waiting for this ALL YEAR! Quick, let me buy one before they all sell out!"
Only joking. You don't have to do this. I am just getting over-over-OVER-excited now. Where's Michael Winner when you need him to tell you to CALM DOWN, DEAR.?
Anyway. So. Other news is that my agent rang yesterday to give me a vote of confidence on Novel 3. Hoorah. He liked it, although did have some searching questions, ie, What's going to happen to this character? And when is this character going to discover this big secret? And how's it going to end?
I'm afraid my answers were all pretty much like this. "Well, ummm, that's a good question and um... Well, I haven't actually got that worked out yet. Hmmm. Don't know. I will just think of something off the top of my head blah blah blah."
Back to the drawing board, Ms Diamond.
The thing is, I'm too hyped up to go back to the drawing board for a while. It is only the fact that I'm waiting for my fliers to be delivered that's stopping me from hotfooting it into town to start haunting the bookshops there...
Tum te tum...
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