Yikes, it’s been a year since I published Facing Up 🙂
It’s been a pretty cool year, too, with a lot happening, and the biggest thing that came out of it is that yes, I really do want to be a writer, and write for a living (albeit one that possibly just covers the cost of a coffee or two), and interact with other writers and readers.
I won’t bore you with stats, but I can say that I’m enjoying my WordPress blog and the cool people I’ve met through it, and definitely Twitter for some great chat in short form, especially the bookclubs, with the occasional author drop-in. What a great way to have some interaction with someone whose book you thoroughly enjoyed, even if they live on the other side of the world!
Sales are not massive, no point in pretending otherwise, but I understand it can take time to get going. There is a HUGE market out there, flooded with Young Adult books, both of the traditional and independent kind. So it’s like being a little stick floating down a massive river, hitting a few rapids and whirlpools here and there, but enjoying the ride, with a little flag stuck up saying ‘Pick me! Pick me!’
That second book is important, apparently, to establish yourself in the market. It’s coming along gradually, but I’d rather put out something I’m proud of, naturally; and I can be very slow with the whole plotting thing. But watch this space, there should be a lot more happening in the next few months…
Meanwhile, I’ve really enjoyed hearing people’s reactions to Facing Up. One of my favourites was from a friend’s teenage daughter, who had started the book but then put it down. Eventually she picked it up again and finished it, and is now doing a school book review on it (*happy dance*). Her mum asked her why she’d stopped, and the response was that she hated the character Dave (the driver of the car which crashed and wrecked my main character’s life). I love that she had such a gut reaction to a person who had existed only in my head up until the book!
Anyway, to celebrate the anniversary, if anyone would like a free copy of the eBook, please let me know via my Contact page – I would love more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and YA Books Central, please! If you live in Australia, I can shout you a copy of the paperback but be quick – limited numbers 🙂
Apparently you don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy it – it’s had a healthy spread of readers aged 14 to 89!
Or just spread the word via Facebook or Twitter or wherever you like, if you like 😉