I am so excited.
A lovely person on twitter DMd me and asked if she could pre-order my book
As I haven’t seen a proof copy or even a finished cover I didn’t think so but, laughing to myself about my hastiness, I tapped in the title into Amazon. And there it was!
and then on Waterstones
It says I am also the writer of some very learned books on the Indonesian economy and a couple of what look like very nice adult novels. Sadly, I am not.
But I AM the author of ‘Girl with a White Dog’. Hooray!
So I have just emailed my publisher to say is it OK if I tweet/blog about this. If you are reading this then she has said ‘yes’.
But I am a bit scared. I read an excellent post by the author Candy Gourlay about people who oversell their book online, and I don’t want to do that. I will put the link at the end of this to reassure you that I am really going to try not to do anything like that. I hope you will excuse this blog post on this most exciting day for me though, as I never ever thought I would see my book listed on Amazon or Waterstones online!
I really really want my book to sell. I want it to sell for lots of reasons.
1) Because I just can’t think of anything more satisfying (career-wise) than the thought of someone being happy to pick up and read my book and then enjoying it. I love books so much I can’t believe that I have joined that community of authors, and I want my writing to give as much joy to readers as I have had reading wonderful books.
2)To thank my family for all they have put up with during the years I have been writing and getting nice rejections but no further. To thank them for putting up with piles of books all over the house, late dinners and me disappearing to write, but most of all for believing in me to an embarrassing extent. My husband once introduced me to someone as ‘my wife, who is a writer’ – this was when I had no agent and no publisher, so I felt rather embarrassed explaining to the interested person just why my husband described me as such – but immensely touched by his faith in me. On a basic level, to earn a bit of money back to pay for the trip to Germany last year!
3) To thank my lovely agent, Anne Clark, and publishers, Catnip Books, and Bounce Marketing, for believing in me.
But at the risk of sounding grandiose, there is another reason.
4) I want people to buy and read ‘Girl with a White Dog’ because it is my attempt to tell a different, kinder story to the one I see told every day in newspaper headlines and on television. I want another story out there, at this time in our history, about people who are different from/to/than us. I just want to add what I can to the sum of debates about austerity and immigration, because we have been through something terrible already in our living history and, in honour of all those people who died in WW2, we can do something to prevent it happening again. I have tried to put lovely things in this book – a white dog, for example. I have tried to write about goodness and forgiveness so that the bad parts don’t overwhelm the story – I want children to love this story, not to be scared by it, but I also want them to be left with a resolution that there are parts of our history that should not be repeated, and that they have the power to ensure that they aren’t.
Candy’s excellent blog post : http://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com ‘Just because social media is a tool…’