It’s been nearly a month since He’s Gone was published. You’d have thought the novelty would have worn off by now but it hasn’t. People I know (at work, in particular) are still coming up to me and saying ‘Congratulations’. This is both sweet and reassuring because I thought I had talked of nothing else for months and in danger of becoming a bore.
People are still asking lots of questions/ comments but their focus has changed. Here are the top ones, in no particular order.
‘Are you pleased?‘ Pleased, no. Delighted, ecstatic, delirious, yes. At the moment, I look like this…
‘Do you read the reviews?’ – I do, I’m grateful anyone bothers and have been consistently amazed by the positive things people have said.
‘How are the sales?’ I don’t begrudge this one. It’s a question I keep asking. The simple answer is, I don’t know. Yes I can look at an Amazon ranking but that doesn’t tell you much. No paperback figures will be in for at least another month. So in the meantime, that tapping noise is my fingernails.
‘Are you making lots of money?‘ I guess this is really the same question as the one above. I refer them to the Society of Authors survey that said the average pay of full-time writers is around £6000 per year.
‘I’ve just got to the bit where…don’t tell me what happens next.’ There is no chance of this, ever. The face I pulled will not be an indication of what is to come but is a reflection of how difficult that section was to write.
‘I suppose you’ll be giving up work?‘ This from people at work – hmm, maybe I have been a bit of a bore…