Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Please Can You Help?
It's six weeks until the book comes out, and I'm starting to get seriously cold feet.
If you write fiction, and reviewers and readers don't like something about your heroine, it doesn't really matter. That's all part of having created a well-rounded, complex character.
However, when the main character in your novel is you, and people - for whatever reason - are critical about you, that's altogether harder to deal with.
I think I'm going to have to practice growing a very thick skin....
I also keep reminding myself why I'm doing this.
I wrote the book because I know that stories change lives, and because if we all stay quiet and anonymous, nothing will ever change and people will carry on struggling in silence and feeling alone.
I'm hoping that people will read my story and realise that there really is an alternative to spending your life self-medicating and blurring all the edges, and that that life is so much brighter, better, more real and more rewarding without booze.
And that's where I'm hoping you can help....
Over the last few years many of you have sent me wonderful e-mails and left incredible comments, saying how this blog has helped you.
My lovely publishers would very much like to use some of your quotes to feature in the advance publicity for the book on social media (Facebook mainly) so we can spread the word as widely as possible.
I obviously don't want to use any of your words without permission, so would be HUGELY grateful if you could post in the comments below anything you'd be happy for us to quote, about how and why this blog, and my story, has helped you, if it has.
If you're not happy using the name that comes up alongside your comment then just say so. You can make up any alternative name you like, or I can just call you 'blog reader' if you prefer.
If you'd rather mail me privately, or if Blogger isn't allowing you to comment (it's been playing up recently), then do mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you SO much, I am terribly, terribly grateful - not just for this, but for all the support you've given me since I started this blog, nearly three years ago.
By the way, new on the SoberMummy Facebook page, one of my favourite poems for anyone who's ever fallen off the wagon (that's pretty much all of us, right?) and the most hilarious sketch about being a non-drinker by comedian Tony Baker.
(To go to the SoberMummy Facebook page, click here. 'Like' page to stay updated).
Love, and huge thanks, to you all,