So first of all, I feel like I should apologize that this is only the fifth episode of Book One/Two, and publication is – ohmygodareyouseriousnoyouvegottobekidding – five weeks away. Five weeks from this Thursday, to be exact. I had planned that this would be a monthly series but (a) I have been busy, busy, busy with the aforementioned Book One and Book Two and (b) the publishing process really isn’t exciting enough to warrant a monthly update, as since September my days have mostly been about writing and waiting.
But hey – publication is five weeks away! FIVE WEEKS. I can’t get my head around this at all, especially since when I signed the deal, publication was more than a year away. When will this start feeling real? My guess at the moment is when I see it in a bookshop. Like, not a bookshop I’m launching or signing stock in, but one I’ve happened to wonder into. So, if you see me walking around Dublin bookshops a bit dazed and confused, you’ll know what’ll have happened: it’ll have just sunk in.
Anyway, quick recap paragraph: This all started back in October 2014 when I signed with my agent, Jane Gregory. (This was actually a link in a chain of events that can be traced back to 2009, but let’s keep it simple. We only have a paragraph.) Then in March 2015 I got a book deal, although I couldn’t tell people about it until last May. Then we had various milestones along the way: Proper Author headshot, cover reveal, proof copies arriving and a preview in The Bookseller. Before all that fun stuff I wrote several drafts and suffered through being on submission. You can catch up with all Book One/Two posts here.
What’s been happening since the last episode of Book One/Two?