Hello! Long time no blog, etc. etc. Blame Book 2, which I am currently locked in the writing cave with. But something big is happening tomorrow, and something else big is happening twenty-eight days after that, so…
Brace yourself—I’ve had an idea. It came to me in two parts.
Part one: Distress Signals comes out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on Thursday January 5th, i.e. tomorrow. The book is finally published in the USA on Tuesday February 2nd, in hardcover, audio and e-book.
Key point : there are 28 days between those two events.
Part two: A few weeks ago I took part in the How To Publish Independently with Amazon day here in Dublin, and I talked a bit about blogging and how much I did of it back when I started. There was a time when I was blogging three, four, sometimes even five times a week. My average in 2016 wasn’t even one post per month. (FOR SHAME.) Now of course, when I started blogging , blogging was basically the only thing I had to do, and now there’s college and book contracts and original series on Netflix. But still, I did feel a bit nostalgic for my overly-enthusiastic blogging days, back when I was surgically attached to my laptop. So I made a little mental note that I might pull my blogging socks up in the New Year because the thing is, I LOVE blogging and you should always find time to do more of what you love.
So, twenty-eight days between two publication dates…
Me wanting to pull my blogging socks up…
BOOM! A 28-day blogging extravaganza.
Twenty-eight days. Twenty-eight blog posts. I estimate at least 836 Nespresso capsules.
LET’S DO THIS.
Well, hang on a second. I mean, I do want to challenge myself and all that but I also need to sleep and eat and hand in 10,000 words of uni assignments on time and finish this draft of my book, so we have to have some
- I’ll press the ‘Publish’ button here every day for 28 days, starting tomorrow, Thursday January 5th. February 2nd is technically the 29th day, but that’ll just be a “Yeah, I did it!” [punch the air] post that looks back on all the fun we had and stress I created, and announces the winners. (Winners? What winners? Keep reading!)
- You know how my blog posts usually hit around the 2,000-word mark? Well, I can’t quite do that every day for 28 days when there’s millions of others things going on as well. (For “millions of things” read “lots of new TV series starting”). So we’re going to have to make some
Please see the schedule below for more information.
Look, here it is!
Thursdays will be for throwbacks: a replay of a post from the past that
it hurt me you didn’t read the first time you may have missed.
On Fridays… Well, Fridays will be for something I’ve never done before: video posts. Yes, video. Moving pictures with sound. Talkies, if you will. Vlogs, I believe the kids call them. I’m regretting this already, especially because I really have been locked in the writing cave since two days after Christmas and I am genuinely starting to resemble some sort of Gollum-type creature. (And there is actually evidence of this, filmed by a CCTV camera, because two days ago I got locked out of my apartment for ten minutes while wearing my Tinkerbelle PJs, unwashed hair and fluffy socks. Not my finest hour.)
At the weekends I’m going to have to take it down a notch, so come Saturday, I’ll be pointing you in the direction of a post I wrote that’s been published elsewhere on the magical interweb and then…
Sunday is a day for lazing in bed with a coffee, so I’m going to provide you with a bit of reading material for your coffee break: a digest of what you might have missed around here during the week, plus a few interesting things I came across online during it. Coffee, sadly, not included. Except for me. I’ll be chugging it.
On Mondays, expect one of my usual, lengthy, possibly ranty, potentially sort of funny, hopefully helpful blog posts. We’re going to start with one of those obligatory New Year writing goals posts. (Every time I read this over I say writing goalposts in my head. Now you will too.)
Tiny is a word that starts with the first letter of Tuesday so I’m thinking on Tuesdays I’ll do a bit of a micro blog post, something short and snappy that might get a conversation or even a heated debate going in the comments below. (A nice polite one, mind you.) The first one involves John Mayer’s new album, I’m sure you’ll all be
perplexed excited to know.
And finally on Wednesdays
we wear pink we’ll have one of those Monday-type blog posts again.
PRIZES! WIN SOME! MAYBE!
To celebrate the publication dates bookending this mad endeavour, I’m going to run a giveaway. The winner will receive a personally inscribed hardcover edition of Distress Signals (i.e. the US version), plus some other DS-themed treats.
For your chance to win, all you’ll need to do is leave a comment on any Distress Signals Bonanza blog post. You have one entry per blog post, which means if you leave a comment on every single one, you’ll have 28 chances to win. (Starting with this post – go!) Open globally. Winners will be picked by via names in a hat (or Post-Its in a mixing bowl) and announced on February 2nd.
SEND ME QUESTIONS
The video blogs are going to be awkward enough what with me having to get dressed, un-Gollum’ed, etc. without me also having to come up with something to say. So, send me questions! And I’ll answer them in the video! More exclamation marks! It can be about Distress Signals, writing, reading or types of cheesecake. Those are basically my specialist subjects. Every submitted question = also an entry into the book giveaway.
Submit your question now:
Let the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza (#DSBB) commence…
And remember, if you comment on this blog post, you’ll be entered into the giveaway. Good luck!