Distress Signals American Style

Apologies in advance: this isn’t a ‘proper’ blog post. I am still (STILL!) squirrelled away on Book 2 but, rest assured, I’ll have some looooooooooong ones coming up soon. People have been giving me the best ideas: a post about my UK versus my US editing, an in-depth look at my plotting approach and what happens when your friends and family read a novel you wrote (spoiler alert: you’ll be protesting, ‘I just made it up!’).

In the meantime, if you need a good writing post, check out Alana Kirk’s one on writing like a [BLEEP]. You’re going to have a new motivational Post-It stuck on your computer, trust me, but also trust me: it’ll be NSFW.


The reason I’ve popped in today to pop out this post is that *waves* U.S.A.-based book bloggers, reviewers and Goodreads users: Distress Signals is now available to request on NetGalley! You can request an ARC here. You won’t forget Distress Signals‘ American publication date, because it’s November 8th – yes, the day of the U.S. presidential election.

I’ve also seen something INCREDIBLY EXCITING that my American publishers, Blackstone, have made to go out with the proof copies (or ARCs, since we’re talking about operations across the pond) and as soon as I have one of those here in Dublin, I’ll be holding a giveaway that’s – finally! – open to all my lovely American readers.


In the meantime, for the rest of you, Distress Signals is still just sofa change on Amazon.co.uk. This picture was taken in Villefranche-sur-Mer, where I was the week before the last, and where my fictional cruise ship, the Celebrate, stops. (You can even see a cruise ship in the background.) I also left a copy of the book in the village’s free library with a special note inside…

PicMonkey Collage

I’ve also managed to – gasp! – read a handful of books for pleasure. Check out my Instagram account for some quick little reviews of them.

If you’ve any requests for blog posts I might write on here, let me know in the comments below.

Normal service shall resume soon. Until then…

9 thoughts on “Distress Signals American Style

  1. watchingthedaisiesBrigid Gallagher says:

    Many thanks Catherine. Your posts are always a joy to read. I am following all your sound self publishing advice and I am almost there with my own book – Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow. I have followed your Books Go Social self publishing tips to the letter!

  2. Sarah Potter Writes says:

    I’m about two-thirds of the way through reading Distress Signals at the moment.
    Always a sure sign that a book has me gripped, is when I start reading it with my breakfast and am still sitting at the table an hour later, not having tidied up or done any of the work I’d intended to do.
    Your novel must plead guilty on that count!

  3. Matt Wainwright says:

    Been reading for a while, back when it was all about ‘Mousetrapped’. I think I remember the post you put up when you first got a ‘proper’ contract. I’ve been out of the loop for a few years, so this is just to say how great it is to see writing success from a fellow blogger. A bit late for congratulations, but here they are anyway: congratulations 🙂

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