The Road Back is officially published today.
Today, therefore, is the end of the journey that began eleven months ago when Choc Lit told me that my novel was being accepted for publication. From that moment on, I and my novel have been eagerly waiting to reach our destination – Publication Day.
But is this really the end of the journey? No, of course it isn’t. Quite the reverse. It’s the start of a very exciting new journey, a journey that will take the novel out into the world of readers where it’ll be bought ( I hope) and enjoyed (I fervently hope).
Today on Publication Day, I shall be making public the fact that I have a novel out in paperback, available for people to buy through Amazon and bookshops. I shall be doing this on twitter, on Facebook, on Radio Marlow at 11am, and on BBC Radio Oxford, at 2pm, when I shall be talking to Jo Thoenes.
Today also, I shall be getting things ready to help me say thank you at my book launch next week (Friday, 14th September, Waterstones Oxford, 6.30 to 8pm) to all of the people who have supported me throughout my writing journey. The Road Back and I haven’t got here alone. And tonight, when I raise a glass to Choc Lit, I shall also be raising a glass in gratitude to my family and friends. Cheers, each and every one of you!