Ok, I could say that I waited to post this to Chris time and space to revel in the joy of her publication day. But I'll be honest I plain forgot. There I was smugly scrolling down the rota to see what disorganised person had neglected to post a coffee morning and all the time it was me. Of course it was.
I am going to blame the Harper Collins Summer party last night, which was a lot of fun and gave me a chance to say hello in person to two of my favourite novel racing people Caroline Smailes and Mel Sherrat. Yes, I am a little bit tired today.
So have a strong black coffee and keep your shades on indoors.
I don't think any of us can fail to notice that the publishing industry is in turmoil at the moment. Goodness it was even on BBC news! Life is tough. Its damn tough to get a new contract and even established writers are finding themselves with contracts cancelled. Shops only want to stock books who stand up well on last years EPOS systems, instead of stocking a wide range of fiction, only a narrow few lucky titles get on the shelves. I've been in publishing one way or another for fifteen years and this is about as bad as I can remember it for writers ever.
But before we slit out wrists and take a bottle of mogadon with a large Gin lets think of all the good things that have happened to remind ourselves its not all doom and gloom.
Of course its Chris's publication day - proof that new writers are getting into print! Hurrah!
Yesterday I heard that Patricia Scanlan and Polly Williams had given really brilliant quotes for my new book The Happy Home for Broken Hearts. What lovely ladies with excellent taste and proof that there is a community of writers willing to support each other - heartwarming (like my novel, according to Polly)
So - what other cheerful news can you bring to the table to lift all of our heavy hearts?
p.s there will be typos galore in this - never get a hung over dyslexic to do anything.