Welcome to the second installment of Book One/Two!
Do you need to catch up? This story started with me getting an agent and then getting a book deal. My post How Many Drafts Did You Do Of Your Book? is essentially a prologue, and you can read Episode 1: Full Steam Ahead if you click on that last pink bit.
Book One: DISTRESS SIGNALS
2 JUNE 2016 5 May 2016
Lots of exciting stuff to report on this month and I’m typing this at 6:30am after basically no sleep and I have to hurry up and get going because I’ve a lecture first thing so [gulps coffee] let’s DO THIS.
SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
Good news: Distress Signals is coming out sooner! It was scheduled for June, but as you may have noticed above, it is now set for publication on May 5th.
I will get excited about this once I get over the shock that this essentially means publication is… Oh my god: six months away. What?!
And also, figure out how to pass my end of year exams at university, which begin then. I am stockpiling the coffee starting now.
On Tuesday, the page proofs arrived. These are the actual inside pages of the book, exactly how they’ll look in the finished book. They get sent to me so I can check them for errors, changes that need making, etc. while, at the same time, a professional proofreader is going through them too.
It was really quite a surreal moment, looking at the title page. Have I done this? Has this actually happened? I’m starting to sound like a broken record on this but it really has not sunk in yet. But then, what will it feel like when it has? Can it possibly? Have I had too much coffee already? YES.
(‘Love is Blindness’ is a U2 song that I love. I listened to it approximately a million times while I was writing this book; it’s basically the soundtrack to it. The way it builds just kills me, and it’s a good parallel to the way your plot should build, I think. Listen to it here.)
WE HAVE A COVER!
Okay, you’ve scrolled down far enough. Here it is (drumroll, please): the cover of my debut thriller! What do you think?!
SNEAKY NEW WEBSITE
So you’ll notice that the cover is blue, and everything around here is pink, and when things don’t match I come out in hives. It’s fine on a blog post, but I just couldn’t live with it on a “Books” page. What I needed was a “Books” page on here I could make blue, while keeping everything else as it was.
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I use WordPress.com, i.e. the free version, and I won’t hear a bad word said about it. I love it. But the ability to change individual colours and make other such tweaks are really limited – that’s the sacrifice you make for the fact that you don’t have to pay for it. And yet, I really think if you use your imagination, you’ll find a way to do whatever you want…
This is my solution: I registered a new, free WordPress.com site consisting of just one page and chose the same theme that this one uses (Sela), only I chose different background/scheme colours. I use the custom menu feature, so on the new site I made a custom menu that exactly matches the menu of this one, i.e. has the same labels in the same order. I made all those labels point to this site, e.g. the “About” label points to the About page here via a custom link. Then I took the “Books” label from the menu on this site and made it point to the new, single-page site. Got all that? If not, just click on the “Books” option above/in the menu and you’ll see what I mean.
I did buy one thing: a custom domain. So my new sneaky website – that hides, essentially, inside this one – can also be found at DistressSignalsBook.com. Clever, eh? SMUG.
I’ve put the book on Goodreads. Please dash over there immediately and add it to your To Read list and stick around: there’ll be plenty of opportunities both on there and here to get your mitts on an advance reading copy. Stay tuned…
Book Two: AS YET UNTITLED
DELIVERY DATE: APRIL 2016
Do we have to ruin all the fun with talk of how the Dreaded First Draft of Book 2 is going?
(It’s going, okay? It’s going. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been making charts. That’s something, isn’t it? Don’t answer that.)
So that’s all the news for now. Join me next month for the next installment of Book One/Two!