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What the writing guides don’t tell you
The launch event, after all the anxiety, went perfectly. I tried (and failed miserably) to get to talk to everyone but I did my best under the circumstances. It was just like a wedding except this time the in-laws didn’t eat all the cake while we were on honeymoon!
Tomorrow is the publication day of Child Taken. A journey that started in the late summer of 2014 has reached its most significant milestone and at the launch event at Waterstones Nottingham tomorrow there better be some serious book buying! They don’t think I’ve invited them just for the fun of it, do they?
The email from Red Door confirmed they wanted to publish Child Taken We discussed some changes and a week or so later, Child Taken was going to find a way into the world.
Child Taken is launched in a few day’s time. So it feels like the right time to dedicate this post to the people who made Child Taken happen. I’ve always said that I wrote a Word document and Red Door Publishing made it into a book.
It’s just over a week until Child Taken is released. I should be getting excited but I’ve not ordered the alcohol yet for the post-launch party and I’m also trying to work out how many glasses of bubbly you can squeeze from one bottle, so I...
I’ve just seen a picture from the publishers of my book, quite literally hot off the press, in all its glory. Thank goodness I didn’t give up. But don’t think I wasn’t tempted.
By now, I was getting inundated with email after email that promised to help me achieve my dream. If I’d let it happen, just reading them all could have taken up pretty much every spare moment and given me no time to actually write.
One thing I noticed early on was that there was an awful lot of ‘support’ for would be authors. But if I’d took up every offer of help and gone to every event that promised to make a difference, I’d have spent in the region of a hundred grand and had little time left to do anything else.
An agent had written me a very personal reply a year earlier saying he’d given Child Taken careful consideration. Twelve months on, with a much better version now in place, I sent it to him again. And got exactly the same ‘personal’ response. Identical to the last full stop! I was learning, not very quickly, but I was learning.
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same.” The words belonged to a Rudyard Kipling poem. I seem to recall England’s football manager, Graham Taylor, saying them. But then again, it might have been Mike Bassett.