Lessons From a Year as a Debut Writer
It’s been quite a year. I sold my second book, wrote my third book, and finally became a full-time writer.
My wee Rental Heart has done surprisingly well. It’s sold over 1,000 copies in print, won or been shortlisted for four prizes, and had some incredibly generous reviews. I’ve read from it at two launch events (both sold out and standing room only!) at Waterstones Argyle Street and Looking Glass Books, and at festivals all over Scotland from Aberdeen to Wigtown to Kingussie to Dundee. I’ve been invited to panels discussing feminism in Alien, queer literature, and setting up a literary magazine. I’ve been interviewed for radio and podcasts broadcast all over the world. It’s been amazing, and I’m so grateful for all of it.
Most of all, I’m grateful to every single person who bought this book, read this book, talked or wrote about this book. I wish I could bake each of you a cake, but I can’t because my oven is broken. So instead, I will share the biggest lessons I learned from my year as a debut writer.
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