Well, I’m starting to come down from cloud nine following the wonderful Dory’s Avengers book launch last Thursday. Wow! Even my vivid imagination was unable to come up with anything as fabulous as the reality. I am intending to write a proper blog soon, but at the moment it’s all I can do to stop beaming long enough to write anything at all.
Thank you to everyone who made Thursday 29 August 2013 the best day of my life so far. Thank you to everyone who came along, bought a copy of Dory’s and shared the evening with me. Thank you to everyone who took photos and helped out supplying my guests with refreshments and copies of Dory’s Avengers to purchase. Thank you for all the support from followers on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and, of course, right here on An Author’s View.
Thank you all a million times. You’re the best!
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Thursday 29 August
‘What a beautiful day, hey-hey,
What a beautiful day,
And nothing is impossible in my own powerful way.’
Or, as I’ve been known to sing:
‘Nothing is impossible in my improbable way.’
Either set of lyrics will do. What a beautiful day indeed, for today my dream comes true. Dory’s Avengers, my debut novel, my beautiful book, is published. The sun is shining, the Champagne is on ice and I’m about ready to burst with excitement! If you’re in Cambridge this evening and would like to pop along to Waterstones at 6pm I would be delighted to welcome you to my book launch. Otherwise, thank you for following An Authors View, and I hope you have enjoyed Dory’s Soundtrack this week. There are plenty more blogs yet to come. Today is merely the start of something wonderful.
What A Beautiful Day – The Levellers
Wednesday 28 August
It’s the day before the Dory’s Avengers Book Launch, which makes this the penultimate Dory’s Soundtrack blog as the countdown is almost complete. I am so excited about tomorrow that the hairs stand up on my arms at the mere mention of the date. There’s still a lot to organise, so as soon as this blog is posted I am off out and about in town, armed with my trusty ‘To do’ list and a burning desire to bring Dory’s Avengers to the attention of the Cambridge folk.
I’ve never actually revealed until now what Dory’s Avengers is. I say ‘is’ rather than ‘are’ because, to begin with, ‘Dory’s Avengers’ is the name of a band. The name comes to signify much more than this as the story progresses, but to start with Dory’s Avengers is simply a good old pub covers band.
Of course, bands need songs to play. I’d written a good third of the story by the time Dory’s Avengers play their first ‘gig’. Up until this point the tale had flowed quite easily, but I found myself completely stumped by the simple task of choosing a song for the band to play. It had to be the right song, a rousing song, a song that could be belted out with enthusiasm.
A radio DJ came to my rescue as I sat staring at a blank screen while mentally scrolling through my cd collection. My partner Andy and I are big fans of Planet Rock, being a couple of old rockers ourselves, and our favourite show at the time was hosted by Nicky Horne.
As my mental cd catalogue was failing to give me any song ideas, Nicky Horne chose exactly the right moment to play today’s track. Of course. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll; noble sentiments indeed, and a track that covered all my requirements.
Thus, Nicky Horne chose Dory’s Avengers’ theme tune.
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll – Rainbow
THURSDAY 18th JULY 2013
Earlier today I walked into the Cambridge branch of Waterstones and asked to speak to the events coordinator.
‘Will she know what it’s about?’ asked the young man behind the counter.
‘She will,’ I replied, beaming my hugest smile.
Indeed she did. Within minutes we were shaking hands, then she proudly showed me the space earmarked for what promises to be the most exciting event of my life to date: the launch of my début novel, Dory’s Avengers.
I’ve been waiting for this day for weeks. When I say waiting I don’t mean I’ve sat idle. Blogging, networking, making new friends, cultivating useful contacts have kept me well occupied, but now I realise all that was just the calm before the storm. On Monday of this week I met with Book Guild’s marketing team, on Tuesday the Waterstones staff in Cambridge confirmed that they would be happy to host my book launch and on Wednesday it finally sank into my frantic brain that my dream to be a published author really is about to come true. People will soon be able to buy my beautiful book. They’ll be able to read it, talk about it, tweet about it, give it five star reviews on Amazon (please?!); and to start it all off I will be signing copies of Dory’s Avengers in a city centre bookshop! To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the century; I was so delighted following my meeting with the Waterstones events coordinator that I winked (yes winked!) at a complete stranger as I left the shop.
My head is full of so many ideas at the moment I’m finding it difficult to collect my thoughts. There’s so much to do: lists to be made, blogs to be written, catering to plan, invitations to be distributed; and do you know what? I’m loving every minute!