I was more than a little surprised yesterday evening when I got an email from my publisher to say that the new book was now available to buy as a paperback, ten days ahead of schedule. The culmination of a years work, a year of writing, editing, promoting and the million other things that a smallish author has to squeeze into the grossly inadequate 24 hours they are allotted every day. Yet, there it was. Finished. Complete.
I’m excited of course but there’s always that ever present fear. The fear of failure and rejection. The first book in the series, ‘Skelly’s Square,’ did very well. I’m not a millionaire but sales were perfectly respectable for an unknown author and the feedback I received from those who read it was fantastic. It bolstered my belief that I wasn’t a fraud and I could write. It encouraged me to dive head first into a sequel, knowing people enjoyed and valued my words.
The second book was much easier to write than the first. I competed the first draft in four months, about half the time it took for Skelly’s Square.’ Maybe I’m getting better at my craft or maybe it was my newfound confidence that pushed me on. Plus I was incredibly fortunate to find a brilliant publisher at the first time of asking. Thank you to River Dixon and the team at Potter’s Grove Press. They have made the birth of this book a much less painless process.
My work is done. All I can do now is sit back and hope people like ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: A New Jerusalem,’ as much as they did ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square.’ It’s been a long climb but I can rest now. I’ve reached the summit and can look back down at all I have achieved and the obstacles I’ve overcome. I hope the view will be worth it. Only time will tell, I suppose. Thank you again for all your support.