It’s been a busy couple of weeks. On the 25th March, the anthology From Top to Bottom was released, and my words were finally out there for people to read…and judge. Yesterday, I received my author copies of Girls on Campus – the first time my name has been on a printed paperback, and that pretty little gem will be out for general release on May 1st (and I’ll take another stab here at encouraging you, always, to buy your books and eBooks direct from the independent publishers).
How does it feel? Exciting, amazing, and a little bit scary. I’ve read what must be millions of words, from hundreds of authors, and I’ve formed an opinion on every one of them. Now, readers will be doing exactly the same to mine. And once they’re out there, there’s no pulling them back.
From Top to Bottom is doing really well – it was #1 on Amazon.com and #2 on Amazon.co.uk in its category, and all the reviews have been extremely favourable. The thing is, in an anthology, there’s cover, unlike a novel. It’s like playing football in a team of eleven, where there are quiet places on the pitch, compared to playing singles tennis, where there’s nowhere to hide on the court. And I suppose, that’s the more nerve wracking part. In November of this year, a whole book, with my name on every even numbered page, will be out there, for people to read, judge, love, hate, or be completely untouched by it.
It was Oscar Wilde who said “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about”. In seven months, I’m going to find out whether or not the great man was right.