Okay – not yet. But will be soon enough. How good does that sound?
The photo below paints more than a thousand words. I got the news at 1.00am on Tuesday morning – I got up for an old man’s comfort break and my phone was flashing. I immediately woke Claire and emailed a few folk. I tried to get back to sleep, but with a v early morning train journey to London for my Exec Lead interview, sleep was the wrong side of elusive.
The interview and assessment (just off Kings Cross) was engaging and interesting. There was a two hour competence interview (phew) and a forty minute assessment slot where I had to chair a discussion group of four ‘headteachers’ – this was the last thing I did and by the time I got there I was out of beans. But, I thought it all went well. I should find out next week if I’m going to be asked to mentor a group of Multiple Academy Trust Heads through eleven days worth of training. It would be fun to be asked…
And so onto the book. Well, what can I say other than THANK YOU! I know I wrote it and I know the Kindle editorial team read it, but without some particularly spectacular voting I wouldn’t have made it onto their radar. So well done you lot. Since selection, apart from answering a million congrats messages, I have already struck up a relationship with the Kindle Scout team. They have sent me provisional editorial comments which included the starting paragraph: The intersection of conspiracy theories, international espionage, action and adventure, and topical news was quite interesting! The writing style is compelling! I love it! I’ve never had anyone professionally critique my work before, and whilst it doesn’t have ‘best-seller’ plastered all over it, it’s nice to know that they think my writing style is ‘compelling’.
In addition I have received another email from a new editor who has told me that they will be finished editing FtF by 13 July. Obviously they’re not messing about, and I do look forward to the results of that work. It does mean that FtF may not be out until the end of July, but at least it will be in the best state possible. Hurrah!
I have a number of other tasks to do, including making my own marketing strategy for the next six weeks. I’m not yet sure what that looks like, but it will come to me.
For the record, we have spent the last four days at Mary’s. We’re back to Bristol tomorrow. Today Chris and Anne, two Canadian friends of Mary’s, have come to stay and over a bottle of wine, Chris and I put together the plot for Book Three. I think you’ll like it!
Anyhow – that’s enough for now. Have a good rest of week.