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Welcome back, welcome for the first time and welcome all to blog post numero 43 – my favourite yet.
My accommodation is all confirmed for my ten-day Paris visit. Airbnb strikes again – I will be spending my first week in a studio flat, a mere 15 minute stroll from the Arc de Triomphe. My last three nights (as mentioned in the previous post) I will spend in a flat down the very same private cobbled street as the original ’60 Postcards’ apartment – parfait!
My bags are packed and I am ready to go! Alright, OK – they aren’t packed at all. But I have thought about it. Oh and I have bought a brand spanking new coat for the occasion. Winter coats are one of my absolute favourite things about this season – what better place to fashion it for the first time.
For the past 6 months, since starting this blog (March 10th, 2013), I have found myself walking down the street whilst writing things in my head. This week I have been walking down the street trying to translate thoughts in my head to French. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – my scrambled GCSE attempts will simply not cut it. Still, I am a determined one and I am currently teaching myself phrases that will help me to explain ’60 Postcards’ whilst out there. People may laugh, they may think that I am loopy (ahem) but I hope they will appreciate me giving it a ‘good go’. Or at least, a ‘go’.
And now it is confession time. Time to reveal to you my secret. It has something to do with these lovely ladies below……
Meet Jo H (on the left) – my Literary Agent from Bell Lomax Moreton.
Meet Briony (in the middle) – my Editor from Publisher, Simon & Schuster (S&S).
Meet Jo W (on the right) – my other Editor from Publisher, Simon & Schuster (S&S).
I know – I KNOW!
It is with sheer disbelief but utter delight that I can finally announce…..
60 Postcards will be a BOOK!!
Even from the early stages of the blog, I laughed off any comments of this being anything more than just a blog. For me it was a dream too far from my grasp. But it is happening – it really is happening. Even so, it still doesn’t feel quite real?!
What will the book be about?
Now, as you know, there have been endless happenings since I started my ’60 Postcards’ project and it would be far from sensible to try to cram everything into one book. This book will simply cover the journey of 60 Postcards in Paris, parallel with the journey of losing mum and leading up to where I am now. In exactly the same way that I promised you in my very first blog post – this will not be a morbid read. Not at all. It will mirror the message of my blog – it will be honest about the bad times but filled with comedy moments, tales of friendship, meeting new people and happy memories of Mum.
My aim is for the reader to feel uplifted and inspired by the end. That is exactly what Mum and I would want.
When will the book be released?
Now, I’m not sure how much you know about publishing, but if you are anything like me – very little, ha! I assumed that you would sign a book deal and be given about a year to write it. It turns out that in my case, it is not quite so. My First Draft deadline is 29th November – of this year. (No one panic. Don’t worry. No – I am NOT sweating? It’s just the fringe – it doesn’t cope well with heat).
The reason for the quick turnaround actually makes perfect sense. The book will be released in March 2014 and what date falls in March? Mother’s Day. From blog to book in precisely one year – wowsa! Many people have asked me how I feel about the tight deadline? I genuinely believe that it is the best thing for it. Not only is it the perfect gift for Mum, with the release around Mother’s Day, but it also keeps the momentum going and allows me to get the emotional side of things written quickly. I don’t want to have to re-live certain moments for too long. It was only last year that I lost her. I can understand why it is easy for people to forget that.
What is happening with the blog and what direction will it go in now?
The blog will continue. Of course it will continue! It is likely to be one post a week – there may be more if I feel I have a spare moment or I need to get something off my chest. I thought that it would be fun for this to be a behind-the-scenes look at the process of writing a book. I have been completely fascinated with it all and I would love to share this with you as I go along. The writing, the deadlines, the meetings, the process of marketing, sales and publicity – I will discuss it all!
Now, as this is non-fiction, it is quite normal for a book to be incomplete as the pitching and selling begins. An example of this is the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the largest trade fair in the world for publishers to sell international rights. Here is my first press mention that has been released today:
Bonkers, isn’t it?!
Now, if you will excuse me – I must get on with writing the book! This is by far the biggest and most exciting challenge of my life and I am 100% up for it.
I want to make my blog readers, my friends, Jo (agent), Briony & Jo and the S&S team proud.
But most of all, I want to make my family and my Mother proud.
Mum – this is the next stage of your legacy.
Love to all and I will speak to you from Paris,
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