Tomorrow is the most important party of my career… of my life?
Tomorrow evening at 7pm is the official Sirens Launch release party for my first novel, Lilly Prospero And The Magic Rabbit, and I have to not screw up. That means I have to speak to strangers, I have to not spill on my dress, I have to engage with media in a mature and capable manner. I have to not fall asleep in a corner.
I have to, in short, be a grown up.
And I am terrified.
I’m really proud of my book and honestly I could talk about it for hours. I love the characters with a passion. Lilly and Saffron are two girls I have created and known for longer than my own children and I adore them. I see them through danger, through heartache, through adventure and pain. I have created an entire world for them to exist in. I know where they’ve been and I know where they’re going. Writing their lives is my life and I love it. I could talk about it for hours… over coffee, wearing pyjamas, and with my best friends.
But this party is different. This party is a chance to give my career a boost in the direction I so desperately want it to go! To get attention on my work that introduces these characters I know and love to a wider audience, that brings my stories to people who will find them as captivating as they’re intended to be.
For the last few weeks we’ve been working towards this. We’ve been having meetings, organising decorations, talking food and drinks, working out guest lists and inviting people. We’ve made new contacts, and engaged with old ones. Day in day out for weeks I’ve been using any spare time to work towards this party and now it is nearly here.
Will it go well? Will it help me? Will I sell more books? Afterall, selling books is the whole point… Sell more books, write more books. That’s my long term goal and this party should help that happen.
If I don’t monumentally screw it up by being as completely hopeless as I feel I am inside.
Wish me luck. Everything will be under the #SirensLaunch hashtag and at some point we should be going live on Facebook so have a look out for that!
In theory, on Wednesday, I’ll be able to rest… at least a little bit. I still have kids afterall…
You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.
Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!