Well, I’m in a state of major excitement today as it has finally occurred to me to put my book on Kindle. My older brother suggested this to me a year ago, and sent me links to various US authors who have, by now, bought islands in the Caribbean on the strength of their voodoo/vampire/psycho genre novels. Meanwhile, I pottered on, wondering vaguely what to do with my book, which has been a big success in Germany (though I say it myself) in hardback and is now romping away in paperback.
The novel is about a journalist-mother-of-two (oh yes, it’s an exhausting imaginative stretch, writing fiction ) who messes up bigtime at work and slinks away to Brussels to reinvent herself. Chocolate plays an enormous part in the book (gosh, the research killed me. Well, my waistbands anyway) and Brussels is the capital city of chocolate, so to me it all made sense. But UK publishers shied away from Brussels like voodoo vampire goths scared by a large head of garlic. Oh, sometimes we got close, there was a lot of flirting, some heavy-breathing, at one point I swear I felt a hand on my knee …. but in the end it was lovely German Ullstein who snapped up the book, turned the book into such a beautiful objet d’art, and sold shed-loads of it.
Now, having seen the Mummy Misfit launch her fabulous eBook, Diary of a Mummy Misfit, and seen that lovely Tania of Larger Family Life also has a book out there on Kindle, I’ve thought – I’m joining that club! It’s a gorgeous feeling knowing that a lot of people have enjoyed my book in German, but I would love to have it out there in my native language too.
I’m now busily sorting out the cover, formatting the book, lining up the best proofreader in the business (mwah, TL) and fiddling around with fonts. But soon, very soon, it’ll be out there, my baby, finally in English. Now would you all just mind buying it? Go on, you know you want to. Thank you x