Friday 15 October 2010

I'm published!

I've been a published author for over a month! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. When the contract was first signed, it drove me batty to think about the MASSIVE two-year wait for publication! And now it's come and gone... and I'm waiting again... this time for book 2...

In the meantime, I've been visiting schools to talk about Zac and the Dream Pirates, and loving every second. School visits and book signings are something I didn't even think about pre-publication, because I didn't think anyone would be interested in little old me or what I had to say. But I've been blown away by the response to Zac. School visits have been a blast. Kids have drawn pictures of their dreams and nightmares, and we've chatted about what it's like to be a writer and the publication process. Their questions have been ace too, and in a year where I've become a dad for the first time and felt more grown up than ever before, they've reminded me to look at the world with a sense of wonder, always questioning, always curious. I think that is where the best ideas are born.

Some of the kids even turned up at my first book signing, which was a success beyond anything I dared hope! Waterstones sold out their entire stock of Zac in an hour!

So thanks so much to anyone I've visited at schools or seen at a signing.
You've made me feel like a real author for the first time!