Welcome to the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza! What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, you can either go and read this post or read the next sentence. In a nutshell: Distress Signals was out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on January 5 and hits the U.S.A. on Thursday (so close!!) and every day in between I’m going to blog as per the schedule at the bottom of this post.
Except the schedule has now been totally abandoned for several reasons, which is why this post, which I’m writing on Monday evening, is actually the one I’m supposed to post on Sunday morning. Just go with it, okay? We’ve only three days left.
What You Might Have Missed
Here’s what went down this past week, the last full one (thank FUDGE) of this 28-day blogging bonanza.
We started off with what would prove to be the most popular post of the week: How Do You Know When Editorial Feedback Is ‘Right’?
On Tuesday I implored you to tune into The Bestseller Experiment podcast, starting with the episode in which they interviewed John Connolly. Since then, I’ve listened to the episode in which they interview Sarah Pinborough and, oh my god, that was another must-listen.
Wednesday I revealed the truth about my desk. Sometimes we see writers supposedly working at gorgeous, neat, organised, colour co-ordinated desks of magnificence – but at three in the morning when you’ve got the espresso shakes and your deadline was three days ago, things don’t always look like that.
Thursdays are for replaying old posts, and this Thursday I did that with How Did I Get My Agent? (The Answer May Surprise You) which was an incredibly clickbaity title, yes, but still I think a potentially helpful post.
Now, imagine a window. Now, imagine me throwing the schedule out of it. That’s what happened on Friday. So for no logical reason whatsoever and absolutely not in adherence with the schedule, closing the week then we had The Secret to Getting Published, some Clark and Michael and me posting at 3:30am about FINALLY finishing Book 2 Draft 2.
Sunday Monday Links
Here’s some things I came across in the past week that I thought were worth a read, preferably with your coffee (or wine, going by the time I’m posting this):
- The Sophomore Novel Club: On The Dreaded Second Book
- ‘I was weak, despairing, confused’: did novel writing make me ill?
- Vanishing point: the rise of the vanishing computer.
Also, if you’re on Instagram, there is a great chance to win one of 3 hardcover editions of the U.S. edition of Distress Signals. Search for the hashtag #CJSReads2017 over there to find out more.
Your 254th reminder: Distress Signals is out in paperback in Ireland and the UK now! If you’ve read it already, hunt down someone you know who likes thrillers and tell them that my rent is very, very high. (Or that you liked it, if you did. You know, whatever works.) If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you’re not quite done with your procrastination yet today, you can find out more about Distress Signals here.