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Sep 28

So my book came out in the UK last week. Kinda. I hear that the big book shop in Belfast, Waterstone’s, don’t have it on their shelves because it has not be shipped from their distribution centre yet. Apparently the other big store Eason’s are not planning on stocking it unless people want to buy it. How people can buy it if they don’t stock it in the first place is beyond me, but I’m a first-time author so what do I know about the literary / book world. Very little.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we had a great show on the BBC website today which I am chuffed / made up / over the moon about. I’m sure there are lots of people who hate the BBC but it’s still one of the most-visited websites in the world and has a prestigious ring to it. If you want to then read the story here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8277214.stm

and while you are at it, you may also want to read the piece on the Chelsea website which I was equally thrilled with:

http://www.chelseafc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10268~1739260,00.html

For the next few weeks I am going to try and drum up some UK press interest ahead of my trip home in November. It will be my first time home in a year-and-a-half, and I think it may be two-and-a-half years since I was in England. God, I’m getting old, time flying by, blah, blah, blah…

And as well as this I want to cram in a weekend visit to Boston to do some book stuff before Christmas. I hear there are a few Irish up there. So more nights on the computer in my future. But that’s good – stops me worrying about turning 40 soon…

Sep 08

So there’s irony here you see. Hurricane season has been deadly quiet (groan, groan – not even a good pun, still) and for that I am thankful. Evacuating last year with a one-year-old was hard enough, don’t fancy it now our child is hyper. Not even a sniff of a storm as far as I know, and as long as it stays that way the next couple of weeks we should be fine and dandy.

On the other side though I’ve been, “knocking my pan in” as they would say back home. Work, work, work. Looking after the baby – toddler I suppose now – during the day and promoting the book at night. I am finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel though. You would think once your book is published all the hard work is over but in fact it’s just beginning. Now is when you are researching websites and publications and organisations and anyone you think may feature your esteemed tomb.

So I’ve got files and lists and emails with ideas and links and newspapers and all sorts of things and that’s what I’ve been doing the last six months, jumping up and down (in cyber space) shouting, “Look at me, look at me!” Another few weeks of hard work though and I’ll be exhausted, both physically and leads-wise if you see what I mean. The UK launch is this week but I don’t think I will have to put in as much research for back home.

Just back from a weekend in Charleston. Great time, made some new friends, got to visit the Battery which is a cracking set-up and a friendly stadium and pub. Had my most successful weekend ever sales wise, although there was a lot of hard work: didn’t arrive into the city until after 3am on Saturday and left at 430am Monday (Labor Day weekend flights and the joys of standby). Did an interview tonight, have another tomorrow night, then off to CelticFest in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday.

It’s as well it’s been a quiet hurricane season – I just don’t have the time to evacuate…