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Thank you to everyone who has bought my book this year. It’s all been great fun – getting it published and sold, and getting positive feedback.
When I launched it on 1st April, I had two goals in mind, one for a certain number of sales in the first week and one for the sales by the end of the year. I made the first goal easily and with a month to go I am within sight of the second.
In fact all I need to happen for me to reach my goal for the year is for HALF the people who bought it to buy it for a friend or recommend it so enthusiastically that someone else buys it.
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One time when I was living in Germany, I got sick and had some days at home and I remember reading two books, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. I can’t remember very much about the plots of either novel but I remember how they made me feel.
How wonderful, I remember thinking as I finished the two books, to be able to move people with words as I have been moved, to make them laugh and cry and sigh, to create an emotional response in them.
Thank you to everybody who has bought Rainbow Weather and particularly to those of you who have written to say you liked it. There is nothing more satisfying to me than to know that even in a small way, my words moved you.
Now, I need you to help me to sell more “copies”. If you liked it, you could write a little review on the platform where you bought it or give it a rating. Or you could recommend it to 5 of your friends. Or suggest it to your Book Club…
I dreamed of writing a novel my whole life. I had lots of ideas for plots but absolutely no discipline at all and none of them got beyond the first couple of thousand words.
And then I came to Colombia where every single day something staggering happens; the problem is not what to write but what to leave out. One day the mum of a friend of mine told me the story of a woman who begins to suspect her husband is having an affair and that was the basis for the Colombian strand of Rainbow Weather.
Then I asked myself ,”what is unique about my experience that I could bring to my writing?” and I decided to explore the interconnectedness of life on this tiny planet, drawing on my experiences as a teacher in Scotland and as a visitor to South Africa. Rainbow Weather is not an explicitly “Christian” book (whatever that is) but it is a view of the world filtered through my faith, and my prayer is that God may have all the glory despite the short-comings of the messenger.
In case you are wondering what has prompted all this navel gazing (novel gazing?) and you missed yesterday’s news, it’s because I wrote a novel that you can buy in various e-formats here.
Thank you to everybody who helped me along the way: my parents, who gave me free board and lodging while I did the bulk of the work, the friends who read early drafts and made loads of helpful comments, many Colombian friends who helped with details of the plot, the team at Vive Kids, anybody to whom I ever told my dreams and who responded with encouraging words, my mum, who ploughed through it twice looking for typos. Thank you all! And thank you to the first people who bought it yesterday, and told me so! I hope you like it, and if you do, please recommend it!Share this post: