Tuesday, 24 June 2014

My first month as a published author

Hi guys!

I meant to post this on 14th June so that it would be exactly a month after my book released over here in the UK, but that didn't happen. Oops.

So, what does a published author do once their book is out there?

Before BLACKFIN SKY's release, I'd wondered myself what would happen once it was 'out there' in the world, so I thought it might be interesting to record some of it here.

Promotion
This is a hangover from pre-publication, but it doesn't suddenly grind to a halt once people can actually buy it. I've posted a few more links than usual to reviews and discount online book sites and stuff like that (I assume people who follow me want to know what's happening with my bookish stuff, not just see pictures of my cat... though I offer up plenty of both), and I've done a few interviews and guest posts on other sites, too. You can check those out on the interviews and appearances page.

Events
I've already posted about the first panel I did with Catherine Fisher and Lucy Christopher at XX Women's Writing Festival, and I did another with Lucy and Quiet Marauder at the Cardiff Children's Literature Festival before my official release.

Firefly Press held a launch for all 4 of their first titles on 15th May, so I went along with Dan Anthony and Heather Dyer, whose books also came out last month, and did readings and talked a bit about our books at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. That was so much fun, and had such a mixed crowd!

I had a local release event for Blackfin Sky at Prestatyn Library on 23rd May, and it was amazing to see so many people from the area coming to see lil' old me talk about my lil' old book. I signed a bunch of copies, too!

Up next, I'll be going along to YALC in London on 12th & 13th July, so I'll be blogging about my adventures there afterward. I'll also be taking my fancy pen with me, so if you're going to be there and would like your copy of Blackfin Sky signed, keep an eye out for me! After that, I have a session at Gwyl Arall in Caernarfon on 19th July - I'll post more details here when I have them.

School visits
I had my first one yesterday with the sixth form at my old high school, where I got to talk about what it's really like being a writer. For real. (I didn't wear sweatpants and a hoodie, though, so maybe I showed them a slightly glamorised version of my authorly lifestyle...)

The next one will be on Friday, and then I have another couple in the works over the coming months. I would like to say that I'm not nervous about doing this. I would LIKE to say that...

Signing
I've been to a few bookshops in my local area and signed copies for them to sell with that special 'signed by the author' sticker on the front. I'm not ashamed to admit that I practised my 'official' autograph quite a bit before my book came out. I had not realised how hard it would be to maintain the same autograph book after book (I have weird, squirrelly writing that never looks the same twice) or how hard it is to write coherently when someone is talking to you. I'll have to practice that a bit more, eh??

The work goes on
Specifically, editing my new novel. This one was a bit of a change of pace for me, but it seems to be coming together pretty well (finally!) I'm hoping to be done with it and working on the next one in a couple of weeks. All go!

There will be lots more to do in the run up to Blackfin Sky's US release on 2nd September (and after), but this is everything I've been doing and planning in the last few weeks. More soon!

Kat out x