Ooh, my feet are killing me. This is because I have been pounding the streets, posting fliers about the book/signing through people's letterboxes, as well as shlepping around London yesterday for a meeting. (Tip - if you're doing a lot of walking, don't wear high-heeled boots. If I can drag myself out again tonight, it'll be trainers all the way.)
Still, it seems to be paying off. A friend rang last night to say she'd been in the local Asda and looked in the books section for Any Way You Want Me - and there was only one copy left! She asked a member of staff if there were any more and was told it had been very popular and sold out! AND it was at number eleven in their chart, according to my friend. Number ELEVEN! I know supermarket charts are a bit arbitrary but even so, if it's number eleven just in that shop, that is still absolutely amazing!
One more lovely thing to tell you about the book and then I promise I'll shut up about it for a bit. While I was in London yesterday, partner took the kids down to the beach for the day. And while they were on the bus coming through town, he said (in a loud voice apparently, showing off, he said), Ooh, we're nearly at Waterstones, shall we look and see if Mummy's book is in the window?
So they were all looking, and then eldest daughter let out a shriek. There's a PICTURE of Mummy in the window! And LOADS of books!
It's true. There's a picture of me in Waterstones window! My face, gorming out over North Street for all to see. Haven't seen it with my own eyes yet but am a bit excited and will probably have to drag the kids into town again tomorrow to do just that.
Whew. It's all really overwhelming, this. It really hit me yesterday, being in London and seeing piles of the novel everywhere. I got all tearful again and did some emotional boo-hooing last night. Talk about dream come true. This was my big dream for so long, having a novel published, and it's actually happening. I am blown away, to say the least.
Feel very inspired to motor on with Novel 3 with all of this. I actually racked up a few thousand words earlier in the week which felt good. Partner has read it and we had a bit of a brainstorm about the backstory, so I' ve been able to slip in some extra details there, and it feels more 'real' for me now. I'm also really enjoying writing a dual narrative for the first time - have had some fun with it, making both characters slag each other off, and deliberately winding them up. The power of writing!!
Have a good weekend everyone, better go, fighting children downstairs to sort out...
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde
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