It’s a busy old time at the moment for this indie author.
There are times when I just wonder to myself why I don’t plan ahead a bit more. Is it because my head is so firmly set in the past – about 500 years in the past recently? Or is it perhaps just that I’m the world’s worst organizer – rarely proactive, unable to keep one plate spinning, let alone several, and totally unable to join the dots any more?
Take this summer, for instance. Did I check my diary when setting publication day for ‘The King’s Man’ and think ‘Hmm, is it wise to launch my sequel just a couple of weeks before the world’s biggest party kicks off in Russia?’ I mean the football World Cup, of course. And not just ‘any’ World Cup – but the one where ‘football comes home’ – to my spiritual international footballing home, that is – Russia. (To explain why is a very long story that I won’t bore you with here as it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Order of the White Boar, King Richard III, children’s books, indie authorship, or anything else relevant to this blog… I may, however, muse on it in a future piece…be warned!) (Whether the World Cup will ‘come home’ in any other, more Anglo-centric way remains to be seen – I’m writing this between the second round matches and the quarter-finals… I know much of my country is holding its breath at the moment.)
And then there are all the events I’m attending – several on days when crucial World Cup matches are happening. The first begins tomorrow – the Middleham Richard III Festival – the next at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival – on the weekend of the World Cup final itself. There have been times when I’ve asked myself – why didn’t I put off publishing ‘The King’s Man’ until next year…? Join the dots next time, Alex!
So if you attend any of the events over the next couple of weeks, please do come and say hello – and please forgive me if I’m looking a bit distracted… one or another of my teams may be about to win or lose on penalties!
Meanwhile, I’m honoured today to be featured on Richard Dee’s Indie Showcase Presents – along with Hawkwise’s Pilgrim the Peregrine of course. With many thanks to Richard for the opportunity