I’m looking forward to the paperback launches of By Sword and Storm – the first is at Mainstreet Trading Book shop in St Boswells – a shop that has previously won Independent Bookshop of the Year, yet is situated in a wee village near to me. It is chock full of books and runs loads of events. My launch is classed as a private party – but they set it up, in their events space – the upper part of the barn labelled ‘HOME’ on the drawing – provide table / cloths and glasses for the nibbles and drinks, a stage etc with microphone and lots of chairs and also sell the books. My ambition is to get a launch officially up on their blackboard of events one day… I’m very grateful for their willingness to host and to display invites at their till for folk to pick up. Here’s the current invite. And I’m also grateful to historian John Wood, who will host the event – this will be the third he has hosted for me and he still remains willing!
On the 4th October I’ll be doing it all again at Blackwells Bookshop in Edinburgh – for those for whom getting to the Borders is a step too far…
They have a lovely event space upstairs and generously allow me into their staff kitchen to prepare the nibbles. I’m sad that this will be the last time that Ann Landmann will be on hand to make sure it all goes right, as she has moved to the publisher Birlinn, but very pleased that she is coming back for this launch. David Bishop (Head of the Creative Writing MA at Napier University) has kindly agreed to host the launch – he’s reading the book just now – here’s hoping he’s enjoying it!
For anyone reading this who is within shooting distance of Edinburgh, the event is FREE but ticketed via Eventbrite (for the sake of the bookshop re numbers to expect).
I would love to see anyone who is free to come to either of these events – the more the merrier. (It would be helpful to me for catering to have an idea of numbers also, so do please feel free to message me here or on Fb or text.)
And if you can’t come and / or are an ebook fan please note that the ebook (published by Corazon) has a different cover – a ship instead of a sword – you can find it on Amazon
And Monday morning I hope to get my head down on Katharina: Fortitude – the follow-up to Katharina: Deliverance – which has just finished runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018 – I’m very pleased.
By the end of day 3 I made it to #3 in the US and #6 in the UK free Kindle rankings, but more excitingly I began to see comments on various historical fiction orientated groups on Facebook from folk who had downloaded it – ranging from
this will join my long tbr pile
1 chapter in and already a fan
so perhaps a few reviews won’t be long in coming after all.
As this is my first time I’d no idea whether it was the norm to get to #3 / #6 or whether that was a really good result, but now folk are telling me it is good, so hopefully there will be longer term benefits as well.
Now I’m interested to see whether it was worth having it on free for 5 days – or whether 2 would have done the same job – time will tell.
And as there is still a day to go here are the links – US and UK
I’ll update again at the end of the promo period.
This weekend my publisher has set the ebook of Turn of the Tide to free. It’s been exciting watching it rise up the rankings on Amazon – currently at #4 in the US rankings and #28 in the UK. Of course these are the Free Kindle rankings and I’ve no idea what (if any) the longer term benefits might be, but I have got a screen shot!!so something to look back on at least. I do hope some of the folk who have downloaded start reading soon and maybe even review – that would be fabulous.
I’ll keep folk posted as to how it goes / what happens next.
And for those who might want to download it here are the links. UK and US
Interested In history or historical Fiction? If so then ‘Previously’ – Scotland’s History Festival is for you. Lots of events taking place in various locations – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moffat, Dunfermline, Stirling and St Andrews. Visit the Home page for more general information including detailed event info.
I’m giving a talk / workshop – in Edinburgh on Friday 21st November at 17.30pm and again on the 29th November at 11.00am in St Andrews – on the place of history in Historical Fiction.
Although billed as being for writers it is equally suitable for anyone interested in the relationship between history and fiction whether as a reader or a writer and focuses on how history can / should underpin authentic historical fiction.
Link to video clip extract from launch at Waterstones in Edinburgh.
hope this works…
First ever (online) author interview – supposed to be featuring in tomorrow’s edition of the local paper – but not counting chickens yet on that one.
Delighted though to have talked to MM Bennetts – you can catch up with the interview on her blog
(Though I don’t think my uni friends would recognise her description of my St Andrews days!)
Home from a wet and windy Edinburgh.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who attended Blackwells or Waterstones for the Launch http://www.facebook.com/TurnoftheTide.Novel
and who contributed to making both events a success. Special thanks to Marianne Wheelaghan and Prof. Ian Campbell for chairing the events and keeping me calm! Able to eat again – didn’t feel like it at all on Thursday – for anyone who knows me well a sure sign of just how nervous I was!
First debut novel ‘event’ tomorrow in Blackwells, Edinburgh, http://www.cityofliterature.com/whats-on-results.aspx?sec=5&pid=23&item=3901 discussing ‘Writing History’ as part of the ‘Previously’ Festival.
Then official book launch in Waterstones, Edinburgh on Thursday… a little bit scary…
And an event in Eyemouth next week as part of Book Week Scotland. 1http://www.facebook.com/events/268168133295152/
I am delighted to have received messages from Cathy Kelly, Anne O’Brien and Jeffrey Archer – People’s Novelist Competition judges – sending me ‘best wishes’ for the book launch.
How nice is that?
A steep learning curve for me here – I’ve just uploaded my first photo to Gallery – Winning the Historical Fiction section of the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist competition was my first step towards finding a publisher. How I felt at the time is related on a guest blog for the Writers Workshop
title=”Guest Blog for Writers Workshop”>http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/harpercollinspeoplesnovelistcompetition/
How I feel now – I’m 100% sure that the various competition wins and listings were a major contributory factor in my achieving publication and well worth the time and effort I gave to them. (And sometimes the one you think least likely may be the one you win…)
A huge thanks to Richard who ‘captured’ the stock photography for me and to Annette who sent me a quick guide to Word Press.