The man in my life has never read my books. Many people think this odd, unsupportive, and possibly many more things they are too polite to admit. Author friends have partners who help them edit. Others are just like me – left to their own devices.
Do I mind? No. It’s just the way it is. If I recall, I think these were his reasons:
He doesn’t read fiction and wouldn’t want to react or advise without any expertise.
He’d feel too close to me to advise without it becoming personal – wise man!
He has never recovered from the time a chat show host asked me live on air if we performed the same manoeuvres in bed that my characters did.
Whatever the reason, this has become the status quo. And I like it.
My stomach tightened. ‘Let’s not.’ To hear my words read aloud with him sitting beside me! Dear God, I’d rather die.
Ignoring me, he banged it into the CD player – to the beautiful sound of silence. What he had grabbed was an MP3 CD. They don’t play in ordinary CD players. Not that I knew that; I’m new to this audiobook business. Point is: I was saved.
Then, today, another box arrived. You’ve guessed it, the other kind of audiobook, the one that will play in the car. (Impressive use of technical jargon there, you’ll notice). In any case, he is OUT THERE NOW, DRIVING AROUND, LISTENING. And I don’t like it. I really don’t like it.
Lake Union Publishing have just been in touch to let me know that they are running a giveaway of The Accidental Life of Greg Millar on Goodreads. They have twenty copies of the paperback to giveaway to people in the US and UK. Just click on this link to enter: giveaway.
If you have already read what I affectionately call ‘Greg’ you can of course enter for someone else you think might like the book. Or just share this information with them. Good luck!
So this arrived! Never before have I been as excited about a box of words. Working with Lake Union Publishing is proving the best adventure.
The Accidental Life of Greg Millar will be published on April 26th but can be ordered now to arrive on the 26th – as a paperback, ebook or audiobook from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. All the amazons actually!
To celebrate Christmas, I’m offering The Accidental Life of Greg Millar for free for a limited period. It will probably be my last giveaway as Lake Union Publishing have bought the rights and will publish on April 26th 2016. Yaay!
And can I just say to anyone considering publication with Lake Union Publishing, working with them has been, singularly, the best publishing experience I have had since I began all those years ago.
Every aspect of the publishing experience has been not only painless but a pleasure – yes, even the contract end of things. Their editing was top notch. The cover they have produced is AMAZING – if ever I need a boost, I go and gaze on it in wonder. I love, love, love it. And can’t wait till April.
In the meantime, enjoy ‘Greg’ (amazon.com, amazon.co.uk) before his final and splendid incarnation. And Happy Christmas!