A novel that grew roots in a cafe in Paris and then took me six months to write. A novel that took me another three months to successfully pitch to an agent. A novel that was on submission to publishers for just over a year.
Twenty-three rejections from agents, a dozen more from publishers, years + months of work and frustration and. . . I loved every minute of it.
Why? Because now it's on the shelves of book stores all over America (also, it is available in all e-book formats, in case you're wondering), and that includes the impressive, always busy, incredibly supportive BookPeople right here in Austin. I walked into the store last night for another author's signing and look what I saw - my kids were so excited they ran over even before I did:
Look above mine, the name Michael Robotham mean anything? It should. Stellar writer, mega bestseller, and last night after his signing we had a beer together.
Oh yes, I'm name dropping. Want another one? How about Bill Landay, the author of NYT besteller Defending Jacob, which is one of crime fiction's smash hits of 2012. And rightly so. We met at a writing conference I went to this past weekend and here we are enjoying a Macallan 12 together.
And for sheer coolness, at the same event, I also shared a pizza with David Rich, first-time novelist but script writer for McGyver, for heaven's sake. I know, we shared a dang pizza!
Also, I like this picture, below. It's me and a friend, Jamie Mason, holding up our new books at a signing table. Please note the long line of people waiting for our autographs who obscure the photo. Okay, fine, so our books weren't out in time to sell at last weekend's conference. But people did come by and say hello, and we managed to give them cards and large, goofy grins.
But back to now. This is the only night of the week I'm not doing something related to my book launch. Instead, I'm taking Henry (aka mini-Me, as you can see from the pic below) to his soccer practice.
I'm glad, too, because this week has been about the book, the launch, and I'm looking forward to sitting in a chair next to my friend Andy, watching the kids play the beautiful game for an hour. It'll be sunny and I'll have no place else to be and nothing demanding my attention for those sixty minutes.
And the thing is, I'm having so much fun right now that when that peaceful moment is up, I'll be back at it, planning, emailing, worrying, enjoying. Mostly enjoying.
Okay, so in case you are new to the blog and want to learn more about the book, let me provide some links.
- First my website.
- Next, some reviews of the book:
- Library Journal (starred review and Debut of the Month)
- The Portland Review
- Publishers Weekly
- ...the right word in the right place...
- My Bookish Ways
- Third, in case you like the reviews and the premise, some places to buy it:
Oh, and Happy Release Day to me!!