Yesterday ( Wednesday 1st July) was the launch of Lu Hersey’s book deep water .
I’ve followed and promoted both the event and the novel on Twitter and Facebook because she’s my friend. I rather enjoyed all the sea-themed display pictures – I have rather a thing for anything maritime, and especially selkies. I made a half-hearted attempt to go – but it didn’t happen.
My failure to get to Bristol left me with a mix of both regret – and relief.
Other people’s launches give you:
- a chance to catch-up with writer pals
- the opportunity to meet people IRL you ‘know’ from Facebook and the like
- a reminder that it can be done
I confess to stroking Teri Terry’s arm at Jane McLoughlin’s launch for The Crowham Martyrs. Partly because she’s a SCBWI pal – and partly so some lucky dust could rub off on me.
I also go to industry events of any stripe because I can’t bear to think I’m missing out.
- points out that Lu won the Mslexia Children’s Novel prize with a selkie story when mine was only short-listed
- can’t fail to tell me how many people there have agents and/or book deals – and I don’t
- has to recall just how long I have been trying and coming in the also-rans
I fight her off. I tell her that I will support my friends. I point out to her that I review my colleagues’ work with honesty and kindness, that I retweet and post their successes with bittersweet pleasure. She can go back and dwell in the darkness.
As for Lu’s book – I know it will delight and enthrall the readership it’s been written for. It has oodles of contemporary adventure, romance and magic, not to mention selkies – what more could they want? [A proper review will follow on Serendipity Reviews soon]
It was the underwater sections that got to me. They’re smashing – and they reminded me that I can write as well. I write in a different voice – mine – but I know I can write that sort of quality. [ Anyone want a MG selkie story?]
I just haven’t found my readership yet. It seems to be a long road for me. I suppose I do have my shadow for company.