A year of firsts…

First sighting of Sleep on the shelves.

This year marks ten years since my first book was published. Ten years! I can’t quite believe it. Sleep is my ninth published book which isn’t bad going considering I didn’t have a book published in 2010 (second book syndrome meant I had to rewrite Home for Christmas three times), 2012 or 2013 (out of contract).

Despite being a published author for an entire decade 2019 is turning out to be a year of firsts – first hardback, first UK book shop tour, first foreign event, first book poster (in Australia), first Goldsboro book launch, first review in The Guardian and the first time one of my books has spent four weeks in the Sunday Times top ten.

It sounds like a massive brag, listing all those things one after another, but it’s incredulity and gratitude rather than a desire to show off. Every career has their highs and lows and, whilst I don’t always publicly share the lows (although you’ll know what they are if you’ve ever come to one of my keynote addresses!), I think it’s important to record the highs.

Rather than type out an essay here’s a few photos of the last few weeks:

Publication day (April 4th): signing and personalising copies of Sleep (you can order signed, dedicated copies of any of my books from Max Minerva’s)
April 5th-7th: Two panels and two interviews at Krimimessen crime festival (Denmark)
April 8th: In conversation with Luca Veste at Waterstones Bristol.
April 9th: Having lunch with my publicist Sabah Khan at the Bullring, Birmingham when we received a call with the news that the hardback of Sleep was a Sunday Times bestseller.
April 9th: In conversation with Gillian McAllister at Waterstones, Birmingham.
10th April: In conversation with Fiona Cummins at Waterstones Nottingham.
April 11th: With my agent Madeleine Milburn at the launch of Sleep in Goldsboro books, London
April 12th: In conversation with Emily Koch’s at Foyles, Bristol (I couldn’t find any flattering photos of us together!)
April 13th: In conversation with Emma Kavanagh at Waterstones Cardiff.
Sleep at #4
Airport electronic poster for Sleep, Sydney Airport (not taken by me. I’ve never been to Australia sadly)
Review of Sleep in The Guardian by Laura Wilson
23rd April: Appearing on a crime panel at Woking Literary Festival with Mel Sherratt, Katerina Diamond and Amanda Robson (not pictured).

So that’s it. A whistle stop tour of an exhausting but exciting April. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has bought, borrowed, stocked, sold, reviewed, blogged or recommended Sleep. I’m incredibly grateful.

If you haven’t bought a copy yet you can still get hold of one!

Signed and personalised hardbacks of Sleep 
Only available from Max Minerva’s Marvelous Books in Bristol (postage available)

Unsigned hardbacks, ebooks and audiobooks
Audible (narrator: Clare Corbett)
Google play

And if you have read and enjoyed Sleep I’d be very grateful if you could nominate it for the Cancel All Plans, Cat and Mouse and Most Recommended Read awards in the Dead Good Reader Awards. You could win £100 worth of books too! Thank you.

Now it’s back to the first draft of my seventh psychological thriller. I’m just over half way through with under seven weeks to finish it (and two panels at CrimeFest, Bristol next weekend) . Once it’s delivered I need to rewrite my second YA thriller and deliver that too. If I’m lucky life might calm down a bit by the middle of November…

8 thoughts on “A year of firsts…

    1. C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you, Simon. I visited on Monday actually so your copy should be winging its way to you very soon!

  1. haikutec says:

    Congratulations! Having met you on a writers’ retreat I know you work incredibly hard long hours, and you’ve earned those highs!

    Call of the Page

    1. C.L. Taylor says:

      Thank you, Alan that’s very kind. I found the little notebook you gave me when we left the other day. Lovely momento.

  2. Bren Birkett says:

    It’s no brag. I’m really pleased for you. I’ve loved all the books and keep hoping you visit Scarborough sometime for our “Books by the Beach” literary festival held in April

    1. C.L. Taylor says:

      Thanks Bren. I’d love to visit Scarborough. Fingers crossed for an invitation one day!

  3. Barry Moon says:

    You been very busy with book signings and tours and work to be completed how do you manage to find time for a holiday. Ordered a copy of sleep from the book people nice price only £4.99

    1. C.L. Taylor says:

      Ha! I don’t. I take fewer holidays as an author than I did when I worked as a manager at a university. No break for me until August and then it’s just two weeks. I hope you enjoy Sleep.

Leave a Reply