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Book coming out on Friday!

March 8, 2010


I know I slightly overuse those three little letters, but this is definitely an OMG moment.

My book is coming out on Friday!


I had been vaguely thinking about contacting my darling agent to see when (or even if, I admit I am a terrible pessimist and publishing is a fast-moving, cut-throat and jolly picky world) the book was coming out.  I kept getting cold feet, as she is bound to, rightly, tell me off a bit about slow progress with Novel 2. Then this morning, I had a brainwave. I would check on the German version of Amazon.

Well, I did, and look what I found:

Even more exciting, I already had two reviews and 3 and a half stars!!!!!

Then I clicked on the reviews, translated them, and found this:

“Brilliant SF novel about the people in an extreme situation
The earth’s climate has changed completely. The ionosphere, which protects the earth from excessive solar radiation, no longer exists.
The polar caps have melted, the sea level has risen dramatically, Europe is a jungle, where a climate is like in the Cretaceous.”

Ahem. Sadly, my book is not a brilliant SF novel about an extreme situation, though I’m beginning to wish it was. It’s the humorous tale of how a mummy journalist crashes out of her career, then finds her true self by transforming herself into a chocolatier. I  love the title of the book reviewed, though – it’s Carnival of the Alligators. Shiver! I may just have to order it for myself. But you go right ahead and get your copy of Schokohertz – it’s only euro 14.95!

Incidentally, I have been put in a bundle offer with the wonderful JG Ballard, who wrote the autobiographical Empire of the Sun but whose novels were mainly dystopian SF. I’m thrilled, I think he’s fab. Maybe my next novel will have a SF element. Yes, I can see it all now ….Chocolatier mummy sets up her new shop ….then gets whisked away by aliens in a spaceship who give her out of this world chocolate recipes! Right, off I go, 2,000 words by lunchtime ….

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  • Chic Mama March 8, 2010 at 6:51 am

    How very exciting……I really hope it all goes well! Love the review…hehe. xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I know, the review is priceless ….shame no-one was there to take a pic of my face when I realised ….or rather, probably a very good thing!

  • ella March 8, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Yummy chocolate or boring climate change? I know which I’d rather read about!

    Very exciting news, best of luck xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Thank you!! Too kind. Yes, I’d go for chocolate any day of the week ….and I do ….

  • Rosie Scribble March 8, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Oh how fabulous and congratulations! Don’t forget us mere mortals will you!

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:13 am

      I’ll try not to, Rosie, but I’m not promising anything ….no, seriously, there’s always room in my stretch limo for you xx

  • Karen@therubbishdiet March 8, 2010 at 7:24 am

    OMG…there, I said another one for you. How fantastic. Congratulations and good luck 🙂 x

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

      Thanks so much, Karen, lovely of you! 🙂 x

  • English Mum March 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

    How incredibly exciting! I’m going to buy a copy and leave it on my coffee table, saying things like: ‘oh that? A friend wrote it…’

    Won’t be able to understand it, but pfft x

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

      Well, that makes two of us that won’t understand it … are a doll, I’ll send you one if they ever send me any xx

  • Crystal Jigsaw March 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

    This is fantastic news! I’m not surprised you’re so pleased. I hope it happens to me one day.

    CJ xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

      Oh, I’m absolutely certain it will happen to you, CJ, and in English too …how’s it going with the work in progress? xx

  • Potty Mummy March 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Fantastic news DD! I trust you’re planning a book signing tour of the Germany to celebrate (all expenses paid, obviously!). Need a bag carrier? Even Germany has to be warmer than Moscow!

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:16 am

      Well, actually, PM, I definitely do need a bag carrier, or should I say fellow champagne-swiller, on my German tour and you’re it! Just got to twist the arm of my lovely publishers so they see it all the way we do …

  • Metropolitan Mum March 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Fabulous! Congratulations!!!

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

      Thank you, MM, I feel quite bashful getting all these lovely congratulations …but I love it of course!

  • Mamma Po March 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Yay, congrats and hooray! When do we get the English version? My Deutsch is a bit rough these days.

    I think the SF sequel (Hot Hot Chocolate?) could definitely take off. As it were. No doubt James Cameron will option it for his next blockbuster. You’ll be huge dahhling!

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

      Ooooh, now you’re talking, Mamma P! Soooo exciting …we’ll have to work out who’s going to play us in the film …..

      • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

        ….And sadly I’m already feeling huge, dahling, but that’s because I’ve just eated two cupcakes in quick succession 🙂

  • Kate March 10, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Well done. Congratulations. Brilliant News. Can’t you post the English version up somewhere? xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:20 am

      Hi Kate, yes, I probably should post it up somewhere, but I’m hoping against hope that if it’s a success in Germany, some lovely English publisher will succumb ….xx

  • Milla March 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

    brilliant, DD, just brilliant. But I missed the bit about why it’s in German?
    You’ve inspired me to start a novel. Really. I’m going to go and start one now. Possibly set in space.

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 10, 2010 at 9:22 am

      It’s in German because my clever agent took it to the Frankfurt book fair and it got snapped up, much to my surprise and delight ….I’m so thrilled that you’re starting a novel! That is just brilliant. Please write it quickly, I’m dying to read it 🙂

  • Nataliya @Parentshub March 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Very exciting, good luck!

    And yes – could you please post the English version as well for non-German speakers like myself?

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 12, 2010 at 10:48 am

      I’ll do my best ….still hoping some lovely UK publisher will do all the hard work for me!

  • amy March 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    how exciting!! well done you i will buying that! the story sounds fab xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Amy, that’s lovely of you xx

  • Family Affairs March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    That is very very exciting. Brilliant. Looking forward to reading it. Lxx

    • Dulwich Divorcee March 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Thanks, FA, I am very excited I must confess xx

  • EmmaK March 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Big congrats darling!! yes the reviews are funny…currently at a loss where to buy the book to be sent to usa though
    any ideas?

  • Magic Mummy March 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    How exciting for you – I’ll keep my fingers crossed it does really well x