I just deleted a post that, if you were quick, you might have read. It was called Sharks and Minnows, and it was all about being a small fish in a very mighty pond. This was prompted by the fact that when Ravenscliffe was officially published on September 27 this week, so was The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling.
Anyway, I had a long and probably rather tedious whinge about getting my book noticed in all the hoo-ha of JK’s first novel for adult readers, and then I posted it, then went off and did the school run. The train was delayed, so I had time to think. And what I thought was, if someone had told me three years ago that I’d be complaining about my SECOND book coming out on the SAME DAY as JK Rowling’s, I’d have said, ‘Complain? Not me!’
Because, actually, its kind of cool. I share a publisher with her, too, and that’s something I once would have believed impossible. So I gave myself a talking to, sitting there at the station, and told myself to stop being so mardy, and rejoice in the astonishing fact that Netherwood was widely enjoyed, and Ravenscliffe is out there, fighting its corner, with the full support of my loyal team at Little,Brown and some excellent commitment from retailers.
Count your blessings. The great thing about cliches is, they’re absolutely true.