On Friday I had my first party as "an author", a surreal fact in itself. But I really enjoyed it, for the following reasons:
a) because people kept asking me what my next book was going to be,
b) because I got to meet some other authors who had great advice on writing, getting agents, pitching etc etc and
c) because all of the people I spoke to said the book sounded like a winner!
One of the authors in b deserves a special mention - Suzy Greaves. She is a successful life coach but also used to be a journalist and is remarkably enthusiastic and positive but without coming across all earnest, preachy and self helpy like other people I've met in the "you can heal your life" business. Most amazing was that she was really interested in me and we'll definitely be keeping in touch as we hope to help each other on a number of levels. (In a very spooky way there's lots of things we have in common from a professional viewpoint and she also knows my friend's mum!)
Like me, Suzy's first book will be published by New Holland next summer, but it was fascinating to learn that an article she wrote for the Evening Standard on life coaching in December 2002 is still bringing her business today. Read it and you'll see why, very inspiring.
My publishing manager, Jo Hemmings, was great fun as usual and was on stage with the company's MD handing out some funny staff awards. Best staff catchphrase, best coffee maker etc.