The countdown is officially over

It’s been a long road getting here, and now that my book is finally about to be released, I don’t know what I’m feeling because it changes minute-to-minute. One moment I’m on top of the world, the next I’m biting my fingernails and imagining the worst-case scenario.

But I seriously doubt what I’m going through is anything new, and I’m not just referring to an author publishing their books. Anyone who has ever created anything, or risked putting themselves in front of others to be judged will know what I’m talking about. And of course, I’ve gone through the platitudes in my head, ‘it’s better to try and to fail, than never…’ you get the picture. But I expect nothing will really prepare me for that next step – to have the files go live and then holding that paperback in my hands for the first time. Originally, I hadn’t planned for the launch to be in December, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s the best Christmas present I could get, although I probably shouldn’t advertise that fact to my family.

As for what the launch will actually entail, I’m an indie author and this is my first time being published, so I definitely won’t be doing champagne at the Ritz surrounded by the likes of Lee Childs and Joe Abercrombie. Actually, I think I have more post-launch plans than I do for the day itself, which if all goes well should be very soon!

Still, I didn’t want to let the occasion go by without celebrating a little. So tomorrow, I’m hosting a small party for my nearest and dearest. I’ll be doing a reading for them and let’s be real for a second, not many people sit around listening to someone read to them, so I’m going to be supplying them with ample amounts of cheese, wine and rather a lot of cake. I’ve put an image of a very delicious-looking cake; I have high hopes that I’ll be able to replicate it. But I don’t fancy my chances.

Taking a moment to look back on the pre-launch…

Over the past few weeks I’ve felt like my head’s about to explode several times, but amidst the chaos I’ve had some amazing moments. I’ve been finalising the design for my fantasy map, which I think ranks somewhere in my top five memorable moments. Career-wise anyway.

Less interesting was the opening up of my distribution accounts, and filling out some very tedious tax related stuff. But thankfully, the creation of my website granted me a few more opportunities to forge memorable moments. First by designing quizzes for my readers and then by having my very first Q&A session! To be honest, I thought it’d be awkward and that I’d have nothing to say. But it turned out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The interviewer was actually a friend, but he is also a journalist and a fantasy fan that hadn’t read the book until a few days before our session. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was terrified of his reaction. But in the end, it was just two friends having a very enthusiastic conversation about the fantasy genre and about a book – my book. I was actually surprised when I got my copy for the website, I’d forgotten we’d managed to slip a few serious moments in there. If you’re interested in taking the quizzes or of reading my attempt at a serious Q&A, you can check those out on the resources page above.

Along with preparing for the launch and for Christmas, I’ve tried to keep my head in the game by keeping up with my current writing project. This is going to be another book, and the start of a whole other series. I only have working titles at the moment, so apologies for that. For a while I was worried about starting something new as the advice you’re given as a first-time author is to get your second and third book out as quickly as possible. The sequel to Draken is a priority, but when this new story came along I felt compelled to put it down on paper straight away. It’s difficult to explain in words exactly how a story can hound you until you do something with it. Hence, why I included an image of Captain Sparrow being chased by a tribe of cannibals. Not quite accurate, but hopefully you get the idea.

The last few days, however, the writing’s had to take a back seat. I’m already missing it. But I’m also super-excited because now that the publication date is finally here, the question becomes, what next?


Just kidding. I have a list, but it had so many ‘things to do’ on it that I couldn’t bear to look at it anymore. Although, before I shoved it into the back of a drawer, I managed to turn it into my next blog post. So if you’re interested on finding out about my post-launch plans either for advice or simply out of interest, check that out.

Before I go, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!