More of my time each day is spent on promo than in writing. This isn’t good. To be fair much of the promo is in email and forum chatting to efriends and real friends so it isn’t unpleasant but still reduces the progress in the writing of Xaghra’s Revenge. I spent a couple of hours travelling out to the nearest Borders with a copy of Exit, Pursued by a Bee. They have copies of my Escaping Reality on sale or return so I hoped to persuade the buyer to order Exit. Really I needed them to place the order with their wholesalers because otherwise the price would have to be too high. The buyer was in but too busy so I have to make an appointment tomorrow. I’ve packaged a copy of Exit, press cuttings to show I can do promo and a sheet of information such as ISBN and contact information.
The promo workload is going to worsen. I was sent a copy of the contract for my Hot Air thriller last night. Wuacademia, an arts academy in the Netherlands, are publishing it with a launch date in December. Excellent. I recall with exhiliration the party in Groningen when I accepted the Silver award for best unpublished novel, and my daughter came along to make sure at least one person was there in the audience to applause. There will be a launch party not just for my book but for other writers, artists, poets, singers, drummers and dancers.
Another blogger popped into the Escape Velocity forum today. Seaserpent otherwise known as Kate – or is it the other way around? Congratulations, Kate, on having your story accepted for publication in issue #4 of Escape Velocity. Kate’s bright and cheerful blog is http://www.scribblingseaserpent.blogspot.com/