Diary of a Newbie Novelist

By JaneIsaac Uncategorized 10 Comments on Diary of a Newbie Novelist

Well, two weeks into being a published author. This was my dream, my ambition for so long. So, what happens next?

The last week has been a surreal experience. I have been overwhelmed by the lovely feedback on Twitter and Facebook, and great reviews on Amazon – a truly thrilling, yet humbling experience. I realise that this will not continue indefinitely, so I am trying to soak it all up while it lasts.

Any dreams of sitting with my feet up, watching my books fly off the shelves, responding to the odd interview, waned long ago. Oh, the book is selling and reviews are great, but whether you’re with a large or small house publishing house, or publishing yourself, you are expected to get out there and promote, promote, promote. This is particularly important for a Newbie, as you don’t have a string of bestsellers or a readership base already established, eagerly awaiting your release.

This week I have been preparing for my blog tour. (Just in case you are not familiar – I wasn’t until a month or two ago – a blog tour is a series of interviews, postings and book spotlights that will appear on various blogs across the internet over the next couple of months.) After a week of filling in interviews and penning posts I’m about a quarter done with that.

I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the paperbacks in the UK. It does feel strange that they are available to buy in the US and not in my home country – but I guess they’ll be here soon enough. In anticipation, I’ve spoken to my local bookstores to see if they will stock my book and to pre-arrange some signings. As a Newbie, published by a small US house, I admit feeling quite apprehensive about this. But they could not have been more helpful, welcoming and accommodating.

My next job is to find a book launch venue. I anticipated a small event, maybe in a book store or library, with family and friends, and perhaps a book reading. My husband has other ideas. By the time he has finished with me I’ll have a full blown party with live band and all. I should be flattered – he’s incredibly supportive and so proud. When we finally find a venue, I’ll share it with you over the weeks to come.

The delicious news is that I’m getting back into writing book two (when I can squeeze in the time!). Finding a balance between writing the fiction I love and promoting my first baby is proving quite a challenge, but I can think of worst dilemmas…


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Jane Isaac’s first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, is out on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Kindle worldwide now. Jane is still very much a Newbie and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets.



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  • Susi Holliday
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Such an exciting time, Jane – will be great if your local stores agree to it! I agree with your hubby – you need a big fat launch with brass band and flashing lights 🙂 x

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Hey Susi! TY so much. I’m hoping to get it into as many stores as possible. Huge learning curve at the moment! My hubby will be so pleased with your ideas on the launch LOL

  • Dee
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Sounds like a load of work, but so much fun! It’s great news to hear you’re working on book 2!

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Thanks Dee. My neighbour read An Unfamiliar in 2 days and said – when’s the next one coming out. Yikes! Had to get back to work LOL

  • Justin Bogdanovitch
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:11 am

    If your neighbor’s comment doesn’t spur you on . . . That’s terrific news, Jane . . . I’m not a speed reader and the better a book is the longer it takes me to read it 🙂 I like hearing all of your insider news on the journey after a first book drops. Just keep writing.

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Hey Justin! TY. I’m with you on the reading front. I love to let a good book linger…

  • Jennifer Sosniak
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

    What a wonderful time in your life! I’m so happy for you. It’s a dream come true. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Best of luck. 🙂

  • Dionne
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Well your book arrived yesterday and I’m straight into it – fantastic start! I was so excited to show it to my husband and say “I know this author!” Congrats again and Amber and I look forward to getting you on Tweep Nation sometime in March if you can spare the time 🙂

  • JaneIsaac
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. It’s been a long time coming, so I just want to soak it all up while it lasts LOL

  • JaneIsaac
    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Hey Dionne! TY. You are sweet. I do hope you enjoy the book. Look forward to joining you on Tweep:)

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