Thanks to On My Bookshelf – I Heart Chicklit for another lovely review that you can read by clicking here:
Another review came in today, which led to the usual panic as soon as I started to read it to find out whether it was good or bad. (I’ve been very lucky to have good reviews so far, but you never know – reading’s a matter of personal taste, after all!)
Anyway, this review turned out to be another good one (phew!), so thank you very much to Pippa who runs the book blog Sparkly Word. You can read her review by clicking here: http://www.sparklyword.com/sparkly-word-blog/book-review2325873
If you haven’t read part one of my tips for beating the dreaded writer’s block, you can find those further back in my blog posts (though not too much further back).
Today, part two is being shared by the book blog, One More Page, and you can read the rest of my tips by clicking here: http://www.onemorepage.co.uk/?p=19385
My blog ‘tour’ is continuing and today I’ve been lucky enough to be invited onto the book blog, This Chick Reads, to talk about how I deal with writer’s block.
I went about the whole subject for so long that you won’t be able to read the whole thing until later in the tour, but if you want to know tips 1-3, you can find those by clicking here: http://thischickreads.com/would-like-to-meet-polly-james/
You can read a brief snippet of “Would Like to Meet” if you visit Little Miss Reads by clicking here:
It’s a weird feeling for a virtual recluse to suddenly feel as if she’s everywhere all at once, even if that “everywhere” is mainly virtual. (The last bit’s a good job, given the outfit I’m wearing today.)
Here I am again, this time in Female First magazine, anyway – and giving away a load of inside info about me and my books.
Today I’m on Laura’s Little Book Blog, talking about which three authors I’d choose to go on a date with. Separately, not all at once.
I took some liberties by choosing two dead people, but – for some wholly unknown reason – I then forgot to choose any men, living or dead. Overlooking the dating aspect of the word “date” doesn’t augur well for what would happen if my beloved husband ever dumped me, does it? (Touch wood he won’t. I’m clearly RUBBISH at this stuff.)
You can read about the three wonderful female authors I chose on Laura’s blog by clicking here:
I moved around a lot as a child, or rather, my parents did, and I went with them. (No other choice when you’re a child.) Of all the places we lived after leaving my home town in Wales, one of my favourites was Warrington, which is full of really friendly people who reminded me of the Welsh. That’s why I was so thrilled when The Warrington Guardian interviewed me about my books.
You can read the full interview either by clicking on this picture, or via my media page.
The reviews from book bloggers have started coming in, and – as if to make up for my having a very bad working week due to my DIY-obsessed neighbour hammering even more than usual – the first review gives “Would Like to Meet” 10 out of 10! I’m SO chuffed. (And relieved.)
Many thanks to Tracey at The Reading Shed for reading and reviewing the book. You can read her full review here: https://thereadingshed.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/would-like-to-meet-by-polly-james/
It’s the moment I guess every author really dreads, or I do, anyway: when the first reviews of your new book start coming in.
Until that point, the only people who’ve read the manuscript that you’ve spent most of the previous year wrestling with are your agent and your editors – unless you’re one of those writers who shares your work with family and friends as you go along.
I’m not one of those, so the first inkling I ever have of whether my book’s going to appeal to anyone who wasn’t involved with publishing it is when someone at Avon Books’ PR company sends me a link to a review. Then I become overwhelmed with nausea and have to sit down for the next ten minutes until the panic starts to wear off. After that, I read the review, with bated breath and my fingers crossed.
That’s what I did first thing this morning, when I heard that not one, but two national newspapers had reviewed “Would Like to Meet” on the same day. Double the reviews caused double the nausea, followed by an extended period of sitting down and trying to get a grip.
Having sort-of done so, I read the first review, which was by Sara Lawrence at the Daily Mail. She really liked the book! (You can read the full review on my media page, or by following this link:
Then I opened today’s copy of the Sun. Would my luck hold out? I had yet another funny turn before I could face reading this next review, but again, Tania Hadley (the reviewer) liked the book. Cue one VERY happy writer. (For at least ten minutes, until the worrier part of me decided that something was bound to go horribly wrong very soon, since today had gone well so far. There’s no pleasing neurotics like me.)
Anyway, if you’d like to read the Sun review, there’s a scan of it below, and also on my media page.