*Crowd cheers, tinsel and balloons fall from ceiling, champagne corks pop.*
Around the time this is published I’ll be heading down the motorway to the south coast of the UK to the lovely seaside town of Lyme Regis to attend a book launch event at the Lyme Regis literary festival. All things being equal I will tell you how that went and share some pics next week.
But, for now, I’d like to say a little about how it feels to have my second book out on the shelves.
First, and fairly obviously, it’s exciting. It’s a feeling I hope will never grow old. It takes a long while to write a book, especially if you want to make it a good one, and I invariably do. There’s a lot of effort and thought and sitting in your room tapping on a keyboard while all the cool kids are outside playing football.
There’s a sense of achievement that you even got the damn thing finished.
Then, on top of that, finding a publisher is tough. I mean, try it. Many of you probably have, so you’ll know what I mean.
So, excitement, a sense of achievement – but also, a little anxiety.
What’s it like this feeling? Starting work in a new office, waving your child goodbye at the school gates on the first day. It’s a feeling of hoping for the best but not really knowing what to expect.
On the face of it, The Pick-Up Artist is quite commercial, much more so than my last book Song of the Sea God which was literary and fairly dark – like a spooky fairytale, though not without its share of jokes.
This one is a rom-com about a young man’s inept attempt to attract women with the advice of a web community called The Pick-Up Artists, who use psychological techniques to help their members appeal to the opposite sex. It’s an easy read, jokey, slangy – the sort of thing I am hoping people might take away with them on holiday this summer.
But commercial is just a label and doesn’t necessarily mean anyone will read it. Only time will tell.
Then there’s the issue of how it will be received. I know what I think I said in there but really, the reader decides what a book is about, what it means to them, whether it works. So I will find out when they tell me.
On top of all these other emotions is the feeling that I need to do my best for the book, to promote it and give it a chance to find it’s place in the world. I need to give it the best chance I can to reach a readership who love it.
What I’d ask of you is something simple – take a look at it, see if it might be your sort of thing. And, if you do read it please write a review. And if you happen to enjoy it – tell your friends. All a little book like this, released on a small press, ever has going for it is word of mouth. That’s it – first and last – the power the readers who have enjoyed it possess to convey that enjoyment to others.
On the face of it that doesn’t seem like much – but sometimes word of mouth can be a surprisingly powerful thing.
If you wish to take a look at the book on Amazon, and who knows, become one of the very first people in the world to own a copy, then why not click here and give it a go!