When I woke up this morning I discovered an interesting notification on my Facebook account.
One year ago today, your video “Empty Nights Launch” was published.
A year ago today I published my first novel, Empty Nights. It’s hard to believe that an whole year as past since that day. The date, September 1st 2018, will forever be engraved into my mind but the one year anniversary snuck up on me. I have various things happening in my life at the moment, different work commitments and family events, so it was a nice surprised when I read my notification this morning.
I can remember the months before the launch. I’d spent all of January – July going back and forth with editors, illustrators and publishers ironing out details and addressing any changes. I launched a vicious marketing campaign in August that consisted of making YouTube videos, being interviewed in my local newspaper, reading the opening chapter to a live audience and most notably making a Facebook Live video in which I shared the amazon link to the novel.
If you’re wondering what I did after Empty Nights the answer is recover. I spent the rest of September 2018 relaxing and although I did plan to end this break in January 2019, I’d returned to the blank page by the end of the month. I spent the rest of the year buzzing with pride, the same pride and adrenaline I feel whenever I talk about my novel. The adrenaline I’m feeling now, as I’m typing this.
The point of this post is to mark my book’s birthday and to say thank you. If you’ve brought a copy of my book, thank you. If you left me a kind review online, thank you. If you’ve supported me on this journey, thank you.
I wouldn’t be where I am now without you.
Of course, if you have yet to order your copy of Empty Nights you can do so by clicking anywhere in this sentence. You can also ask me in person and receive a signed copy. I won’t mind!
Normal service will resume on this website next Sunday.