Counterfeit! On Being Thankful
I’ve had a terrific week and have a lot to be thankful for. Last Tuesday Counterfeit! was published and we had an African-themed party in Chudleigh Parish Church where around 60 people drummed, sang, drank fizz and ate cake. And lots of them were kind enough to buy a copy while they were there. So a huge thank you to all of them.
Two people, who pre-ordered the ebook and received it that morning, had already finished reading it and gave me some great feedback. It’s nerve-wracking putting a novel out there for people to judge and I find the time around publication is always the worst for self-doubt. So, I tried to keep the look of surprise off my face when they were telling me how much they enjoyed this new one. But I was very grateful for their comments.
A basket of flowers arrived during the afternoon; and a friend brought roses to the launch. I love receiving flowers more than any other present (even more than chocolate), so these added yet more sparkle to an already wonderful day.
The first review was posted by 10am on launch day. By close of play, there were four up on Amazon UK and one on Amazon US. All are 5-star. I know that won’t last; I know there is no book in the world that everyone loves to the same degree. At some point, someone’s going to post something less positive. But for the moment, I’m thankful for the good reviews. They help with that self-doubt I was talking about.
I’ve had help and support from some wonderful friends: Manny and Anji ran my bookstall on Tuesday night; Nii, Cletus and Poppa T provided drums and drumming lessons; the community choir sang beautifully, conducted by Jane; and throughout, Michael has fetched, carried, listened to my concerns, soothed my nerves and generally just been there for me.
I am truly thankful to all of you.
Okay, two months of self-indulgence is quite enough. From next week, my blog returns to normal, with personal essays, interviews and travel writing; plus just the occasional mention of my books.]