I’m still getting good feedback on Unravelling (four 5-stars reviews on Amazon!) and sales continue, but not in the same numbers as just after it was published. I always knew this was going to be the difficult part and unfortunately there’s been a lull while moving has taken place. It’s hard for first-time novelists to get noticed, especially without a huge marketing budget behind them. So, I’m now planning a more definite strategy. Mary Cavanagh’s A Seriously Useful Author’s Guide to Marketing and Publicing Books is really useful on this.

I’ve got an author event at Malvern library arranged for Saturday 18th September – the librarian, Niru, is very helpful. I’m getting some publicity material ready for that. Next Monday is my first book group evening on Unravelling. I think it’s only a small group, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve already sent them the reading group guide.

Some copies of Unravelling have sold through independent bookshops and this is another area to give more time to.

A couple of pieces of other good news: I’ve been accepted as a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists – it’s going to be good to make more writing contacts. They are holding a conference in Cambridge in September and I would like to go to that.

Also, I’ve been asked to take over as creative writing tutor at Stanton Guildhouse from September. I’m excited about this, as I really enjoy teaching creative writing and the Guildhouse is a beautiful place.

I’m sad about the fact that this year’s classes are now coming to an end. I’ve met some lovely people and it’s great to see everyone striving to improve their writing and keen to share ideas and support each other. I hope I’ll be able to start new groups in September which will be just as enjoyable and productive.

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