Sealskin is out there today!
The paperback went on sale this morning, and the audiobook as well. It's been a flying start, with so much support and fabulous reviews, not just from the bloggers on the tour, but others too, and a daily tweet-storm of good wishes. And there was an extra push when both Amazon and Kobo brought the ebook price down to 99p for Valentine's weekend. For three dizzying days, Sealskin got to number one in two categories, and became an official bestseller. In Mythology it got to number two, basking in the limelight focussed on Neil Gaiman's newly-released Norse Mythology, which will no doubt top the bill for weeks to come. I'm very happy with that!
The blog tour continues until the end of the month, and the official London launch is on March 8th at Goldsboro Books, followed by the Exeter launch at the fourth Exeter Novel Prize awards ceremony on March 25th. I'll be there with Sealskin to show the six shortlisters what can happen. The longlist is up now on the Creative Writing Matters website at www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk, but no-one will know who the next winner is until the judge, Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency, announces it at the ceremony. Meanwhile, congratulations to all on the longlist! I'm looking forward to meeting some of you on March 25th.
The Sealskin blog tour starts today and runs throughout February, courtesy of the tireless Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books. Kicking off with two posts, one from Emma Welton at Damp Pebbles here: damppebbles.com/ and one from Steph Rothswell at stephsbookblog.com/. They have some lovely things to say, and there's already been a lot of retweeting.
I am amazed and slightly overwhelmed at the response so far. Huge thanks to everybody who has taken the time to like, share, retweet, review and otherwise share the launch of Sealskin. It's yours now, too.