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One week countdown and an exciting delivery …

 

I have the most enormous grin on my face and it shows no sign of sliding away any time soon.

You see I’ve reached that point where no matter how hard I try to concentrate on writing book 2 or tell myself that I really should be chasing up those research queries, all I can think about is next week’s official paperback release of my debut As Weekends Go.

Even more so now I’ve taken delivery of some copies from my lovely publisher Choc Lit. Honestly, I almost launched myself at the poor courier when I realised what was in the box he was holding.

Here they are, looking all glam and glossy.

 

 

To hold my book in my hands really is a dream come true. Such a sweet moment. One that I will treasure forever.

I’m so looking forward to publication day on September 7th.

I think there may be chocs and fizz aplenty! Enough for us all 😉

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Love Jan  

Exciting news update …

Happy August!  I can’t believe I’m saying that. Where did July scoot off to?

Just a little update as to what’s been happening with me. It’s been all go these past six weeks. With the paperback release of my debut novel As Weekends Go just over a month away, I’ve been preparing some guest posts for various ever-supportive bloggers and answering some brilliant interview questions in preparation for publication day and beyond. I’m  so excited at the thought of seeing my book in print and holding it (no doubt with a small tear in the eye).

I had some fab news when my publisher emailed me to say that I’d made The Bookseller, listed in their new titles : Fiction for September feature.

Here I am, just below Alan Titchmarsh and right of Prue Leith! 😉 Sorry it’s so HUGE and a bit blurred.

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Anyway, I was thrilled.

More exciting still, was learning that, upon reading my novel and loving it, Lisa Jewell, one of my fave authors, has agreed to give me a quote for my paperback. I’ve read and loved all of Lisa’s books, so to know she’d enjoyed my story gave me the biggest lift.

On a different note, I knew my author pictures needed updating, so one Friday in July, my good friend Noreen who also happens to be an ace photographer came over with her camera and we had a mini photo shoot. Once we’d stopped laughing, etc, she patiently snapped away (I’d already told her she’d probably need to take about a hundred pics to get a handful of half-decent ones!) and I was really pleased with the results, not to mention relieved that we had a few to choose from, one of which will go in the paperback.

Here’s a little montage – some serious, some not so …

 

Well, that’s my round-up complete, apart from to say that I’m working hard on the sequel to As Weekends Go. It’s a standalone novel that features a few familiar characters and some newbies too – fresh dilemmas aplenty. 😉

Enjoy August!

Love Jan

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A month of mixed emotions …

It’s been a funny old February.

Fun versus fear in equal measures.

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Fun because it has brought back such lovely memories from last year; my debut As Weekends Go being shortlisted for Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition, on Valentine’s day no less, and the whole buzz of the following few weeks when I learned I’d won and was offered my contract.

Fear, because fast forward a year and I’m sitting here in the midst of what some of my writing colleagues have hinted could be post-publication blues.

Sound familiar?

I do hope so, as I’m beginning to worry that there’s something wrong with me. I mean, I’m hugely grateful to be published, so too for the tremendous support I received from everyone on  launch day and beyond, and have had some fantastic feedback on As Weekends Go and some cracking reviews.  I’m also very much enjoying the eyebrow-raising research I’m doing for Book 2.

So why do I feel a little flat?

I think it’s partly down to something  I knew I’d have to face head on, particularly after publication, yet  almost three months on, still brings me out in a cold sweat just uttering the words …

Self-promotion.   

I try to be positive in everything I do. I thoroughly enjoy chatting online with all my writerly buddies, being part of such a supportive ‘club’ so to speak , and am never more comfortable than when I am singing someone else’s praises. Yet, when it comes to tooting the horn for my own novel, I cringe. Even setting up my own blog was a massive step for me, which luckily a good friend helped me with. I love blogging with The Romaniacs but it’s a collective thing, so feels more relaxed.

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I’ve  taken part in several Q&As with fellow authors and bloggers whom I can’t thank enough for featuring me, as it has given me more confidence. Joke is, I’ve conducted many author interviews, myself, over the years, which  I’ve LOVED. Then again I’ve been the one asking the questions…

It has made me quite sad at times as, like every other author, I poured my heart and soul into my book, and feel really proud that I finished it, yet can’t seem to fully celebrate promoting it.

I’ve been watching and learning, so perhaps in time it will become less scary, feel more natural.

I certainly hope so as it’s playing havoc with my mojo and if there’s one thing I love doing, it’s writing!

Any thoughts, dear friends? If not, chocolate will do! (Preferably buttons of the giant variety ;))

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Love Jan X

 

Post-Publication Thank you …

What better way to start my first blog post than with an enormous great THANK YOU!

My debut novel As Weekends Go was published by Choc Lit  on the 4th of this month and the support and good cheer I received on the day and since has been fantastic. We had a fab celebratory family gathering at my mum and dad’s with plenty of fizz and nibbles. Mr B even created a ‘book title’ masterpiece for me out of his leftover pastry. I also had some gorgeous gifts and cards and some really lovely messages from friends both on and offline. All in all, I’ve been thoroughly indulged.

I’ve received some lovely feedback on the book already, with some good reviews (which certainly helped to unjangle the old nerves a bit. Phew is an understatement!).

It’s been a a gem of a year for me all round and I’m looking forward to cracking on with Book 2 in 2016, after the Christmas festivities.

A few little pics that perfectly sum up the past couple of weeks …

 

 

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Fizz Aplenty!

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Publication Cupcakes as created by my nephew’s lovely girlfriend, Ali

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Mr B’s masterpiece!

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My fab festive book banner courtesy of my delightful buddy Lizzie Lamb

Thanks again, everyone …

Love Jan X