Ache’s first week has been the biggest whirlwind of my life. I started it off sick. And while this severely messed up my editing schedule on my other projects, it was a relief to turn my computer off for the weekend – no writing novels, no editing, no pitching, no admin. I watched bad television and napped and did some knitting and napped some more. And although I hate being sick, in this case I was grateful to be made to stop.
On Sunday, the day before Ache came out, I had two articles published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. A piece on the four books that shaped me for the Arts section and an article on growing up in a house of women for Sunday Life.
On Sunday evening a beautiful review of Ache was published by bookblogger, Debbish.
Monday was the day that Ache came out in stores. It was the day that it truly stopped belonging to me. It’s a bittersweet moment – tinged with pride and excitement but also horrendous anxiety and uncertainty. I had an interview with The Regal Fox go live on Monday. I also had an article published in The Guardian on Monday looking at the importance of bushfire stories. This was an article I’ve been wanting to write for a long time and I’m so glad I finally did. I have a lot of beautiful friends and I was flooded with photos of Ache out in stores, which was pretty glorious. Monday also saw the announcement of my new book deal with HarperCollins (I talked about this in my previous blog post, but you can also find info here).
On Wednesday I flew up to be a speaker at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. This festival is magical – set out over the water with the habour bridge and opera house peaking in from the right. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. It’s particularly lovely in it’s layout – a majority of events are set out in one spot, so it’s really easy to make a day of it and get from one event to another. Apart from the panels I appeared on, I spent my time in Sydney seeing some great panels, caught up with lots of friends and met lots of fantastic people. As someone who is very introverted and normally exhausted by socialising, it was a lovely surprise to feel really invigorated by everyone I spent time with this week. And then on Saturday I was surprised by not one, but two paper reviews for Ache! One in The Australian and one in The Saturday Paper. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how Ache’s first week out in the wilds has gone.
Ache is also in the front window of over fifty bookshops around Australia. This photo is the front window of The Leaf Bookshop in Ashburton, VIC. If you happen to see it on display, please send me a pic!
This next week Ache’s going to be launched on Thursday (if you’re free and in Melbourne, come along!) The rest of the week is going to be a bit of a blur of bookshop visits and finishing up the current round of edits on my first YA novel, which will be out in March. If you’ve read Ache (or In the Quiet!) or are planning it for a book club or have any other questions, please get in touch I’d love to hear from you!