ARE WE THERE YET?
I should never make promises then break them! I apologise for the delay in producing this blog chapter. In my naivety I thought that when the poll closed at midnight on the 10th there would be a lot of activity checking the ‘scores on the doors’ followed by the announcement of all the category winners on the 12th as indicated on the Orangeberry website.
Oh how wrong you can be! First of all, let me take you through the last 72 hours leading up to the poll closing. The gap in the votes had remained pretty much static for just over a week; I had hung on to a lead of between 25 -30 over ‘American Destiny’ by Greg Sandora. Then on Sunday morning he made a sudden and dramatic surge. I was still ticking over; picking up votes via Twitter, but by Monday morning the gap had narrowed to 10-15.
I tried my Facebook friends again and they were amazing. Whether some people were owed a big favour, who knows? The votes kept coming from friends of friends and beyond. So much so that even though my rival was adding votes at a rate of knots we somehow contrived to stretch the lead going into the last twelve hours. We have all had some stressful times in our lives haven’t we? There is no way I want to go through that again! At midnight on Tuesday 10th I had a lead of just fewer than 50 and it was over. I had won. The relief was tremendous. I didn’t feel elated, just shattered!
The following morning a YouTube video had already been posted on the Hall of Fame website carrying the category winners and yours truly was first up with the Best Book Ever. A message left for the winners suggested that details of our prize would be emailed to us between the 12th and the 19th September. We were asked to be patient.
Day after day I waited for the email. Nothing materialised. I thought I might as well get some writing done. Any fears of a mental block caused by the stress of the poll, or any other matters went right out of the window. In the past fortnight I have completed 5 short stories.
Bang To Rights is a tale of betrayal following a visit from the gas board.
The Class of 64 is about a group of bullies getting their come-uppance after 50 years.
The Last Bus is a ghost story.
Affair Of The Heart explores whether a couple can survive the break up of an affair.
What’s In A Name is a shaggy dog story with an ending you may say you saw coming, but I doubt if you’ll have guessed what the last line actually is!
So that makes 9 stories completed now and 3 to go to comprise the collection. I’m on target for publication before Christmas. It’s soon October and I’ve got my birthday, our wedding anniversary and a holiday coming up so that will slow me down for sure, but I’m on a roll now & I haven’t got the poll or any other distractions to stop me.
The notification of the ‘prize’ didn’t actually arrive until last Friday (20th Sept) and needless to say it wasn’t in the form of a large cheque! The virtual tour has been extended until mid December with 20 extra reviews promised; there are still five reviews outstanding from the first leg of the tour and if they’re as good as the first five I’ll be a happy man:-
What additional exposure will I receive from this success? My book will be placed on all Orangeberry Book Tour sites (in the sidebar) from October 2013 onwards and ‘The Final Straw’ was inducted into the Orangeberry Hall of Fame. I received a Winner’s badge (you can’t have missed it surely?) and a big incentive to book another tour in the near future.
In July Orangeberry linked up with BookBuzzr.com and I now have a flipbook widget on my Facebook Author page that enables you to read a short extract from ‘The Final Straw’ and in due course you’ll be able to get a sneak preview of ‘A Sting In The Tale’ and next year ‘Unfinished Business.’ I may add this feature to my website in the future but for now the link is:
If you’d like to get a free copy of ‘The Final Straw’ via BookBuzzr.com, I’m running a Giveaway until the end of September (there are 5 copies left!) and if you’re already a member then get on over before they all go!
I think I need a month or so to mull over the pros and cons of a virtual book tour. Are they worth doing? Will the book sales be greater because I joined one, or could I have done as well (or better?) by approaching a whole load of bloggers and asked if they would feature a Guest Post? Come back for next month’s chapter and I may have some answers.
My brother and his wife called in for an all too brief visit. Lynne and I went to lunch with her brother and his mate. Son Steve brought the grandsons over a couple of times. Daughter Kim and her husband Mal stayed last weekend. Lots of good things to keep me from getting bored! Dave the guitarist from my old band came over to the Nose to watch the Corinthian Casuals on Friday 13th and nothing went wrong, so we all met up at the Pilot last Saturday, with our wives this time, to listen to them all over again! We’re off to celebrate my mate Mike’s birthday (5th) and mine (7th) with a meal out in early October, then there’s Muttley at the Pilot on the 12th. Oh I don’t know! When will I get a chance to put my feet up? Roll on that holiday in Majorca I say!
That’s all for now; take care and I’ll be back in about three weeks or so with some more ramblings.