On the 29th of this month I’ll be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, If I Never – maybe not a huge event in the lives of most out there, but something I feel the need to mark in some way.
Consequently, I’m planning on hopefully getting a few people together over the space of about a week or so to write short guest blogs on their experiences of the novel. These don’t have to be great literary masterpieces (though, naturally, it would be great if they were!), can be either long or short, can include photographs or YouTube videos – whatever you feel most comfortable with.
From my perspective, it’s certainly been a fascinating year. I’ve learned a great deal about the marketing/promotional side of writing, been lucky enough to meet and work with some fantastic people (the Legend Press team among them), ended up in hospital, got out (blessedly!) and recuperated quickly enough to get on and finish my then work in progress, had a great many laughs – oh, and even managed to sell a few books along the way!
Perhaps the most surprising element of the whole experience, however, has been the reader reaction. I’m a realist. I completely understand that not everyone is going to get or enjoy what I do. I therefore expected a number of negative comments – especially given the rather uncompromising nature of If I Never. The response, however, has been overwhelmingly positive. The Amazon reviews alone are more than I ever could have hoped for.
So, yes, it’s been an exceptional year – with hopefully many more to come! If you’ve played some part in that, either by buying the book, chatting online or visiting this website, thanks! I, as ever, truly appreciate it.
And don’t forget: if you can bring a friend of four along to the “celebration” – introduce them to the book in some way – please do!
Two sample chapters of If I Never can be read here.
To buy your copy of If I Never, please click here.