Can you believe my book baby has been out in the world for two whole months now? I'm loving reading people's reviews and comments, and even more so knowing that people have picked it up based on someone's recommendation. Thank you so much, everyone! And so I can pay it forward, here are my honest thoughts on the books I've read since I last posted.
I've been reading (a little), but slack on the reviewing as I've been distracted trying to promote my own book. So here's a bit of a catch-up post and some thoughts on three YA titles I've read recently. Cath Crowley's Words in Deep Blue, Tara Altebrando's The Leaving and Kurt Dinan's Don't Get Caught.
So my book baby is out in the world! It's all a little surreal; I'm continuing my everyday life here with a demanding toddler and laundry to do and trying to write another book, but every now and again I'm reminded that right now total strangers might be reading something I wrote. I've got a launch party happening this Saturday (Sydney people! Come along!) and a few other events lined up, so I'm gradually settling in to the idea that yes, I am a published author now.
There's 2 more stops to go before it wraps up - nicely timed with the launch on Saturday. But if you've been inspired to buy a copy, leave a review on Goodreads, tweet me, tag me in your instagram pics, comment below, recommend to a friend... it all counts! I love the support and am eternally grateful to you, my readers.
It's almost here! The one week countdown was marked yesterday by my blog tour kicking off over on Bookish Kirra and today you can hear me on the Better Words podcast.
I love supporting small Aussie businesses and artisans, so in addition to the beaded bookmarks from a local crafter, I've been able to obtain some TTWCU themed stickers from Two Woolly Bears.
I'll be giving them away to teens I come across - including those attending my book launch! It's on Saturday 12th May at 4pm at The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft, Sydney. Anyone can come along, please do! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join us.
I am also newly represented by Creative Net Speakers Agency. They have authors and illustrators from all over the country who are available for workshops and talks, so be sure to check them out if you're looking for someone to visit your school.
Today I'm celebrating with something to share with the more visual among us - a book trailer. I'm ALSO launching another giveaway, this time across multiple social media networks. So if you missed out last time by not being on twitter, pay attention here!
That's complEment, not compliment... I claim no endorsement by these authors!
Time is flying by, and in just three short weeks The Things We Can't Undo goes out into the big wide world. Want a copy sooner than that, or just want your book free? Befriend me on facebook, follow on twitter or instagram, and keep an eye out for another giveaway. This week I thought I'd share a few other book recommendations of titles that include similar themes, styles or voices. I do have reviews of each of these elsewhere on the blog, but today I'm looking at them specifically in terms of what similarities our books share.
Seven books to read while you wait for mine! (in no particular order)
Ummmm it's April! That means less than a month until The Things We Can't Undo hits the shelves of Australian bookstores. There's a box of pre-release copies in my house and a competition going on twitter where you can win one (signed, of course). But this week, it's time to reveal the lineup for my online book tour!
Honestly, I don't know if I can be impartial when reviewing this, but I'm going to try. I first read an earlier version of this book when Laura Creedle and I were paired in an online beta reading group and she gave feedback on a novel of mine that remains unpublished. I feel it's important to mention, I fell in love with Lily's voice even then, back before I knew Laura and had the benefit of her wisdom in an ongoing basis. But years later, I've re-read a published copy of The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily and I find it better than ever.
My book is a real, solid object now! There's a copy sitting beside me as I type this, and finally, I no longer feel like a fraud saying "I'm a writer" when I introduce myself to people. As the countdown to May 1st continues, this week I thought I would share a little of what led me to my publisher, Ford Street, and what it has been like to publish with them.