May: Contract signed and final manuscript sent to Hashtag Press. Now comes the wait for proof reading, typesetting, book cover design, press release and a dozen other things that needs to happen before publication in October 2017.
April: Hashtag Press have offered me a contract to publish ''The Waiting Gate'. I have worked with some members of the team before and am thrilled that I'll be working with them again.
March: First draft of The Waiting Gate sent to my first critical readers, and their feedback is really positive. Manuscript submitted to Hashtag Press.
14th: Speaking and reading at the Literally-PR Summer Party at Beaufort House, Chelsea. I read an abridged version of the opening chapter from 'Flight of the Kingfisher' to an audience of about 100. What a fabulous evening. I set up my table with books, reviews, flyers, my handmade book marks, the Daily Mail and Spirit & Destiny articles, and a few sweets. After my reading many people came to talk to me, and some valuable contacts were made. A few highlights: 1) a semi-retired publisher thought my book is of very high quality and praised my creativity; 2) two journalists told me my reading made them tearful and they'd love to publish the piece in their magazine; 3) a lovely young woman insisted on taking a selfie with me, which made me feel like a celebrity. On arriving home I have emails and Facebook contacts from journalists, so let's hope something wonderful happens ....
2nd: Article in August edition of Spirit & Destiny magazine available from today. The same story appeared in the Daily Mail in March (picture in 'Articles' section).
7th: Specially commissioned short story, That Special Time, published in Love Sunday magazine.
27th: Literally PR representing my work at BookExpo America in New York
27th: Interview with Bereavement UK about 'Flight of the Kingfisher. Lovely to be told that they feel the book handles loss and grief very sensitively. I talk about the inspiration for the story and the characters, my own experience and beliefs, and the book I am currently working on. The interview will be published on their website in the next few weeks.
1st: Guest author at a Wiltshire reading circle, discussing Flight of the Kingfisher. A fantastic evening, where it was not the book being dissected so much as my brain! I was asked about the inspiration and the research, how the characters are created and the plot worked out. Dozens of questions that made me think for the first time just how Flight of the Kingfisher really came to be.
1st: 'Flight of the Kingfisher' being discussed at a Book Club in Essex. I was asked to provide a list of questions to use during the discussion. Very interesting feedback, making clear that it is those who have suffered bereavement who really enjoy and identify with the story.
15th: Article in the Daily Mail and Mail online. My article about how I came to believe in the afterlife was read around the world! The response has been amazing, with messages of support from as far away as India, and similar stories shared (some of which were published in the following Saturday's paper. One very kind gentlemen even took the black & white photograph of my brother and me as little kids and sent me a colour version.
14th: Meeting with Helen Lewis of Literally-PR at the South Bank Centre. A very productive 2 hour meeting about the forthcoming PR campaign for 'Flight of the Kingfisher'. I am very much looking forward to working with Helen.