I did something out of character last week. I went to a writers’ conference.
Do you go? Yeah? I don’t—I haven’t. This was the first time, ever. Because… this is how I prioritize my time: 1) the things I do for money/time with children (locked in eternal struggle) 2) other people 3) writing for self (except when I am in total flow… in which case I neglect husband, lovers, friends, everyone, occasionally children and paid work too) 4) other stuff (such as cleaning the kitchen floor or scrubbing the bath tub) 5) other stuff 6) other stuff 7) other stuff… and somewhere down the list… personal professional development…
I had an incredible time. I took a workshop with Minister Faust (he of the MFGalaxy. Org podcast on the craft and business and writing, and author of The Alchemists of Kush etc. etc.), and I formed a brief mutual jewelery+boots admiration society with Margaret MacPherson who is about to release her third novel, way to go, beautiful. I met Edmonton poet Alexis Kienlan and kidnapped her for lunch and heard about her almost finished novel (part of which was developed under the guidance of Lawrence Hill–yeah, that Lawrence Hill, how cool is that?).
In the afternoon, I wept through an eye-opening and also kind of depressing (I hate reality checks) session on book marketing in 2015 with Cory Beatty, Marketing Director at Harper Collins Canada (This CBC Q&A with Cory touches on several of the salient points in his talk to us on Friday). (I also shamelessly plugged Tell Me to Cory and suggested if it does well, maybe he’ll be mocking up transit billboards for me in a few months. Because. Dream big, right? Why not?)
And then I drank way too much sangria with a friend I hadn’t seen in half a decade, and my day got even better…
And while I was doing all that, the Mistress of All Things Social at Harper Collins UK/Mischief (Twitter @MissChiefous) informed me Tell Me was now available for presales!
I don’t really know exactly what this means, because—well, all of this is brand new. But look! It’s up on Amazon! ALL OVER THE WORLD:
Also, in Canada, it’s already the 35th best-selling book in the erotica genre. And not because there are 36 books on the list. 😉 Although—probably because all my friends are being loving, loyal, and supportive and pre-ordering copies.
If you buy today, it will auto-deliver to your Kindle on May 28th. Squee, squee, squee.
I know a lot of you are waiting for print copies, and I’m waiting to hear about the POD bit of the game plan, but in the mean-time… you can have Tell Me on your phone. In your pocket. Always.
Me: OMFG. I can barely function.