My book, The Fairy Tree, has been officially out now for just over a week. I am in complete shock that not only do I have a book that is now for sale, but people actually like it! I know that sounds a bit ‘tortured artist’ but I think when you have been working on something for just a little over a year, you can sometimes only see the flaws. This has at least been the case for me. So it is nice to take a step back and see that you have created something to be proud of.
I have had a lot going on since saying ‘yes’ to Ayn and joining her publishing company. I have completely relocated to a different area which could not be more opposite to where we were living (in a good way though.) My husband has dramatically changed the way he works and I am now getting to grips working as an author and illustrator. (In fact just typing that seems really su rreal!) We only now just feel like we can catch our breath.
Anyway, I’m telling you all this so you understand when I say I was severely lacking in motivation to celebrate the fact I was launching my very first book. I was exhausted. In fact both my husband and I were. It all seemed way too much effort to mark the occasion. Thankfully I have a wonderful family who will not let me shy away from celebrating any achievement in life. Big or small, and for that I am eternally grateful. Sometimes we need someone else to push us along and point out the accomplishments in life and celebrate them with us.
It was not the smoothest of launch celebrations, first just getting everyone in one place is a challenge. Especially when the main lady who helped make this book a reality lives all the way in California, USA. Unfortunately although she was in the country, she was caught up last minute with meetings for her own book and couldn’t make it. Then my brother and his family were struck down in the early hours of the Saturday morning with the dreaded sickness bug along with most of their friends and neighbours! So in the end it was a small afternoon tea party with my parents, parents in laws and granddad. I have to say when you are feeling overwhelmed, this is definitely a lovely relaxing way to mark an occasion. I am very much more a tea and cake kind of person than cocktails and evening gowns.
After the launch I started to get messages and feedback about the book from people who have had nothing to do with the making. So far it has been so sweet and lovely. I am collecting a few together for a future blog post. If you want to send me something, please do.
And finally I want to say thank you. Really, I can not thank the people who have already bought my book and recommended it to others for their support. I truly could not do this without you.