And it’s amazing! Such an amazing feeling that I am finally a published author and my debut novel is actually ‘out there’.
I had wondered that the day itself might feel like an anti climax; in fact, it was anything but. It was actually very slightly overwhelming. The outpouring of support on social media was absolutely incredible and I literally couldn’t keep up with all the tweets and RTs coming through on Twitter. Now, several days later. I’ve just stumbled across about twenty messages I hadn’t seen before and I’ve finally acknowledged them and replied. I do hope the kind senders don’t think I’m terribly rude.
And then there were the gifts. The doorbell rang all day with flowers and chocolates and cards. My lovely friend Debbie made this incredible cake. My Coppa Club friends – Claire, Becci, Moira and Marilyn – sent a magnificent afternoon tea. The Sister Scribes not only sent flowers and an 48-pack (!) of Curly Wurlies (how well you know me!) but have arranged for flowers to be sent for the next two months as well – so the
celebrations can go on and on. How lucky am I?
I hadn’t been sure what to do about the launch party. I had planned a very small afternoon tea at the Lanesborough Hotel for ten, but that was scuppered by Covid. In the end, I plumped for a Zoom launch which was brilliant and surprisingly emotional.
As some of you may know, I’ve dyed my hair red to match the book cover in order to raise money for Mind, and everyone got in the act. There were red tops and red wigs and Jane Ayres dyed her hair red too in solidarity. There was also a red drink competition judged by my children and I know Sue won but I’d slightly lost the plot by this point and I’ve not idea what she was drinking – or if she’d just made something up! More seriously, my editor Emily and agent Felicity both made wonderful speeches and I had a genuine lump in my throat when I came to reply to them.
So all in all it was a wonderful day and thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate and who has supported me in my journey.
Next time: the inevitable party hangover and the first 1* review!