Haha.. they say though, that love is lovelier, the second time around.
I am so excited and thrilled I could burst. Not to mention mildly ready for a rest!
But no.. no time for that.. the Sausages have escaped the drawing board (literally) and I just wanted to let you know, for those great die hard fans who follow this blog..(thank you all for following) that JUMBO GIANT SAUSAGES is actually finished. Yes, finished I tell you... and available to buy on Amazon right now.
For the US click here.
For the UK click here.
Now.. this is, strictly speaking, not the LAUNCH of the book.. oh no.. there's much work now that only BEGINS. I'm just letting you fans know early, that the book is live on Amazon and you can buy it .... and.....
I DON'T EVEN HAVE A COPY YET. (but it should arrive by next Wednesday)
What does this mean? Well, I've dotted every i, crossed every t.. painted every eyebrow and mouth, shaded every corner, wet sponged, charcoal lined and resized my brush a ten thousand times since this book was first published last July. To bring a second edition to the world.. and if you ask an author friend of mine.. this is probably what the first edition should have been. Big thanks go to Jana Broecker of Cranky Cat fame.. because she suggested I may have been a little hasty with the first edition. Thanks Jana if you're reading!!
However in my defence... I had set myself a goal.. could I publish a book, just one year after writing it? Including doing all the pictures myself? Whoah.. that was a challenge. Well I managed it.. but realised as well that I could achieve more...beyond what my original watercolours looked like. So what is available now, has had almost another six months of work added to it. (Ok.. so maybe I should set the goal at 18 months next time, hahaha).
Now comes the good bit. Now I'm really proud of this edition. and feel I can say.. yup! I did this.. and "Take a look, what do you think?". I did not really market the first edition, or promote too much, because I pretty much started on the second edition, the moment it was out there, I knew I needed to wait a little before promoting it fully.
I will say, to all those who bought a first edition - thank you for your support. No one left a one-star review at least! The story hasn't changed... but I think it looks a whole lot better now. You are very lucky.. there is less than a hundred of you.. way less. That first edition will not be available again.. unless you sell your copy!
Anyway.. before I go, fans... a funny story...
So I've submitted this story to Reedsy - a fabulous site.. and I recommend any of my author friends go join it now. But it's also for people who love reading books too. Perhaps a competitor to Goodreads... but their interface looks fab. Check out my page here where you can see some sneak peaks of the book. Nice looking, huh?
Anyway. I found a great article on launching a book on this site.. so I opened it .. and it begins..'What to do SIX months before you launch your book...' , 'What to do FIVE months before launching your book'.
Er.. well...., the book's available NOW.. not in six months time..! But I will be following some of their tips...(and fortunately some of the stuff I've already done).
So, check out the sneak peaks.. or get an early copy (I promise if there are any small tweaks, I may have to change the file on Amazon again..) so you might have another collector's item on your hands if you buy now.
When you start to see adverts on Facebook or Instagram for the book, please share.. please tell your friends and family.. and lets see if we can hit a six for self-published authors!
The book is already entered into this year's Readers Favorite competition.. and awaiting reviews on Reedsy.. so fingers crossed people like it!