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The calm before the calm… What it feels like when your novel comes out

The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the end of the world A.L. TaitThe Mapmaker Chronicles: Race To The End Of The World officially hits bookshop shelves tomorrow. I am spending today doing… exactly what I always do. I am writing a finance article, updating my blog, tinkering with my website. But I am also wondering and waiting.

It’s a funny thing putting a book out. In one sense, it is momentous, and monumental, and massive. But on the other hand, it mostly happens without you. The book goes on the shelves very quietly and then you wait to see what happens next.

This is the first time I’ve had fiction published, and it feels very different to my non-fiction books. It’s so… personal.

I’m lucky in the first reviews of The Mapmaker Chronicles have been extremely positive and anecdotal feedback from the kids who have read book one, Race To The End Of The World, has made me so happy.

Tomorrow, I will wake up, make the school lunches, walk the boys to school with Procrasti-Pup on a lead (he is practising being a ‘real dog’), and then come home and … finish my finance article.

So, today is the calm before the calm. And then we’ll see what kind of journey my little book goes on.

Thanks for coming with me.

If you’d like a copy of The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race To The End Of The World, you can get one here.



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