Gearing up for a book launch… and waiting

The Mapmaker Chronicles A.L.TaitWith just over four weeks until the launch of Prisoner of The Black Hawk, book two in The Mapmaker Chronicles series, I’m in full preparation mode. Or not.

It’s a difficult thing to prepare for, I’ve discovered – particularly with memories of the launch of book one so fresh. Six months is but the blink of an eye in publishing!

Having said that, I do feel better prepared this time. For starters, I have answers ready for questions such as ‘What was your favourite book as a child?’ and ‘Which writers have most influenced you?’ – both of which flummoxed me the first time around.

I’ve also realised that a writer who is both writing and promoting books at the same time needs one major thing in her life: a wall planner. Yes, I’ve gone over to the dark side, with only highlighter pens to light my way…

I’m very excited about sharing the second book in the series. I loved watching Quinn grow as I wrote Prisoner of The Black Hawk, and I hope that readers will, too.

In the meantime, all I can do is to finish the edits on book three (yes, I know how it all ends) and… wait.

Fortunately, I learned very early in my writing career about the importance of waiting. It really is the unacknowledged skill in every author’s toolkit, and one of the hardest lessons to learn.

But practice makes perfect…

If you hate waiting, you can pre-order your copy of Prisoner of the Black Hawk here.