It has been an extraordinary few months – and this week has been a great week.
It all started in July, when Accent Press signed me on a four-book contract. That news hit the trade press, and I was thoroughly spoiled by friends and family. For a few weeks, champagne never seemed to be off the menu for more than a few days!
But it meant more work, too. Accent were taking over my two indie titles, Face the Wind and Fly and Loving Susie, so there were edits to go through and approve and covers to be agreed and signed off (they kept the first one more or less as it was and developed an amended version for Loving Susie). Hard on the heels of all that, the edits for Maximum Exposure came through, with Accent racing against time to meet the deadlines I had already set. Face the Wind and Fly went on FREE on Amazon for five days, and reached the heady heights of #3 in the Kindle charts in the UK (#5 in the US) in contemporary women’s fiction and romance, and hit the top ten in both countries in the overall FREE Kindle charts. Shortly afterwards, more or less the same happened to Loving Susie.
In the middle of September, Maximum Exposure was released as an ebook and was launched with a blog tour arranged by the wonderful Hit Lit Pro team (thanks Charlotte!). Reviewers also seemed to like the book, much to my relief!
It all culminated in a book launch in Waterstones in George Street, Edinburgh, on Tuesday this week. This was heady stuff for a writer who has been trying to make the breakthrough for far too long. Thanks to my many friends and supporters, it all went with a swing. Novelist Eileen Ramsay ‘interviewed’ me and I did a couple of readings. I raffled a daisy photo frame (the heroine, Daisy Irvine, is a photographer) in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and thanks to generous donations, we raised £116.36, which will be forwarded to the Fund.
It all feels great. But what I’m enjoying more than anything is the fact that my books are finding appreciative readers. The slog has all been worth it.