Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Notes made on a train...
Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening
Is it really possible that I'm sitting on the train winding my way back to Norfolk and the first ever, so eagerly anticipated Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening is over already? Judging by the grey bags and piles of fabulous fiction spread across the table I'm guessing it is, but I can hardly believe it.
Ever since I noted the date in my diary and was invited to sit on the panel I've been wondering. Would this be the moment...Would this be the day that the overwhelming news was going to finally sink in and that I would believe that I am soon to be a published author.
There has never been any denying that I have fallen on my feet. That I have the best editor in Clare Hey, the best go-to girl in Sarah-Jade Virtue and the friendliest and most approachable publishing team on the planet at Books and The City. None of that has ever been in question. However, I've been waiting for something to happen, some light bulb moment that would put the rubber stamp on all that has happened during the last few months and confirm that my dream is finally coming true.
And yes, tonight was that moment. I watched quietly as the wonderfully supportive book bloggers and as many new friends took their seats. And that was it, that was the moment. I was watching. I wasn't following on taking my seat with them. Instead I was running through the extract I was going to read, I was listening to S-J as she took us through the running order and then I was filing in with Jane Costello, Iona Grey, Milly Johnson and Andy Jones and taking my seat behind the table with them, not to watch them.
I had fully expected to feel terrified, but I wasn't. I had thought I wouldn't be able to think of a single sensible thing to say but I screwed my courage to the sticking place and loved every second.
It was an absolute joy to share my beloved Cherry Tree Cafe and a total thrill to receive such a warm and friendly welcome from the blogging community, many of whom I already felt I knew, courtesy of the joys of social media.
Needless to say we hadn't left the building by 8.30pm. The party, the welcome and the excitement lasted much longer. In fact it is now 11.02pm and I feel as if the party is going to go on in my head for a fair while yet so I just want to take this moment to say thank you again to the entire Books and The City Team, the other authors, (including the wonderful Rosie Blake) and of course you fabulous book bloggers who do such great things for us authors, old and new alike.