I can’t believe that The Big Smoke launch date has come up so quickly! I’ve got so much planned that I’m beside myself with excitement (and perhaps a touch stressed as well)!
The first big event is on this Saturday 27 October – my real-life, physical book launch! About 60 people are coming, and all of them have supported the creation of The Big Smoke in some way, whether they’ve been beta readers, members of my novel writers group, or good old friends and family cheering me on from the sidelines.
The launch is going to be pretty casual but I do have a few things planned, including some readings from the book, a question-and-answer session, and a giant cake with 11 candles – one for every year it’s taken me to produce the book!
Then, next Monday, the craziness really begins! Monday kicks off both my blog tour and my blogfest. From Monday 29 October to Monday 12 November, I’ll be guest posting or being interviewed on a different blogging buddy’s slice of cyberspace. Here’s the line-up:
- Monday 29 October – Michael Offutt - mental illness in fiction
- Tuesday 30 October – Rachel Morgan Writes - character interview with Seb
- Wednesday 31 October – Rebecca Enzor - the joys and frustrations of beta-reader feedback
- Thursday 1 November – Bailey is writing - interview about writing The Big Smoke, self publishing and my characters’ most irrational fears
- Friday 2 November – Melissa Maygrove - interview about my inspiration for The Big Smoke, my writing space and my advice for new writers
- Monday 5 November – Seeking the Write Life - the best writing-related decision I’ve ever made
- Tuesday 6 November – Steph Bowe - using real experiences as a platform for fiction
- Wednesday 7 November – Charity: My Writing Journey - the soundtrack to The Big Smoke
- Thursday 8 November – The Eagle’s Aerial Perspective - the link between romance and happiness in fiction
- Friday 9 November – Laura J Moss - interview about my road to self-publishing
- Saturday 10 November – Laura Howard: Finding Bliss - ‘six questions’ interview about the writing lessons I’ve learned and my top three favourite books
- Monday 12 November – Arlee Bird: Tossing it Out - is it possible/advisable to write from the point of view of the opposite sex?
In case you’re wondering, I haven’t actually finished writing all of these posts yet – that’s partly where that ‘stress’ I mentioned earlier comes in! But I’m thrilled to be appearing on so many wonderful blogs and to get the opportunity to share my thoughts on so many interesting topics. I hope you’ll follow me around the blogosphere and visit the awesome bloggers who are hosting me!
Most of you would have already heard about this by now, so I’ll keep this part brief. To celebrate the official launch of The Big Smoke, I’ll be hosting a blogfest called The Year I Turned 18 from Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November. Seeing as both Ceara and Seb (the two main characters) turn 18 throughout the story, I thought it might be fun for us all to post about the year we turned 18. All entries will receive a coupon to download an e-copy of The Big Smoke from Smashwords for 99 cents (down from $4.99) and will go into the draw to win a $20 Amazon voucher.
I decided that my badge for the blogfest was a bit boring so I snazzed it up a little. Here’s the new one:
To find out more about the blogfest, go to my The Year I Turned 18 Blogfest post.
… So yeah, there’s a bit coming up in the next few weeks. Oh, and did I mention I’m 28 weeks pregnant?
My dear husband Mark is getting a little antsy about when we’re going to get the nursery sorted, and I keep saying, ‘after the book launch’, so I can’t see things slowing down for me for a little while. But you know what? I love it! Can’t wait to share this crazy ride with you!!
How about you?
What are you up to? Which blog tour post are you most looking forward to reading? Are you already sick of hearing about The Big Smoke (I hope not!)?