My very first novel was released yesterday, Sunday 23 March 2014, at the Blurred Lines Independent Publishing Fair in Canberra. The Fair was quite low-key and we weren’t rushed with people clamouring to buy the book and acquire my autograph. However, it was a good way to dip my toe in the waters of “being an author”. While we were sitting, smiling benignly on passers-by and browsers, I managed to have a good chat with my publisher, Michelle, on the marketing plan and what happens next.
In a nutshell;
- Book blog tour
- Distribution to shops and online outlets
- Author talks (she slipped that one in quickly and moved on just as fast – must have seen the whites of my eyes)
- Festivals and fairs (there’s one coming up in Sydney that I hope to get a spot at so stay tuned for updates)
- A launch event to invite family, friends, and other interested parties to
It is all very exciting and I’m looking forward to it all.
On the 3-hour journey home, when I wasn’t nodding off in the back seat, I reflected on what this occasion means to me. This novel was first born 15 years ago so, in a way, the last few weeks have been all about getting it ready to survive in the big wide world outside my computer hard-drive. The last few days have focused on letting go. Over the next few months and years, this novel will be loved, knocked back, kicked around a bit, but it will come out on top. It will succeed because my goal with “The Ouroboros Key” was simply to get published. As a writer, I have a long term plan and the release of this novel is just the first achievement of, hopefully, many more to come.
The characters that I have lived with for so many years, through name changes and gender changes, and all their personality “baggage”, I now let go to find their own way in the world. I’m sure they’ll live long and interesting lives (well, most of them anyway).
I now have Romans and Gauls to wrestle into shape and a few Australians to gently guide into the world, and I can’t wait!
Here are a few photos from the day.