Launching a book is a very odd feeling indeed. After months of fussing over every last detail – replacing this word for that, adjusting the placement of the text on the cover by a few millimetres – suddenly, your book is out in the world. You can no longer control it, nor people’s response to it. You have to hope that you did enough fussing while you still had the chance.
It is, quite simply, terrifying. A wonderful sort of terrifying, of course. Inevitably, it’s hard to step back and bask in the glow of your own achievement, because your brain is full of thoughts such as, am I doing enough? Am I being annoying? Will anyone buy the damned thing?
These last couple of weeks, I’ve often reflected on how much harder this process must be for authors who aren’t online. I can’t tell you how grateful I’ve been for the encouragement, enthusiasm and kindness of all my friends on Twitter & Facebook, and those who comment on this blog. Thank you all – you made the book in the first place, and then understood that the process of bringing it into the world might be a little daunting. It’s been absolutely wonderful to receive your photos of my book arriving from far and wide (I’ve made a gallery of your pictures here) and your generous words.
Anyway, enough of my sentimentality! I’d like to suggest a little competition. To win a signed book and a rare pair of the famous Betty & Herbert mugs, please use twitter (using #52Seductions), Facebook or a comment on this post to suggest a seduction using items commonly found around the house. There are two sets of prizes to give away.
[The rules: One sentence only. Competition closes on Friday 8th July at 6pm. Betty & Herbert will judge entries, and their decision is final. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. Entries may be published on this blog].
You never know, we may like your suggestion enough to try it out!
Don’t forget the (slightly more glamorous) competition on my other site – win a suite at Chelsea’s Wyndham Grand Hotel with champagne breakfast.
There’s also a free PDF sample of the first two chapters of the book here if you’d like to try before you buy.
Thanks again, & good luck with those competitions!