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.