I have completed the Author's Questionnaire which allows me to put forward my ideas for marketing, which means thinking big (the book to be sold in every bookshop in London, every London museum and animal-related outlet, etc.), but not actually expecting that volume of sales to happen.
Now publication is approaching I'm looking again at the papers for animal/London stories to update the manuscript which I wrote way back in 2011, before the London Olympics and the equestrian teams thundered round, jumped and pranced over Greenwich Park. Trouble is, I'm finding new historical nuggets of information (like the above picture from the Blue Cross website) which I feel should be included, and every time I talk to someone about the book they come up with something else for me to check out... this research could continue indefinately, but it CAN'T! I have already had to chop my original manuscript by about 16,000 words, because apparently a reader nowadays doesn't have the patience to read through 123,000 words. I also have over 100 images, which I now cannot change.
I guess it's just a bout of the jitters rearing its head, as the 'baby' I've nurtured for about four years will finally be born into the public domain, but I have to concentrate on the launch date and publicizing the book. I have a Twitter account, which I'm building up gradually, but apart from that I have done nothing. Do I have a book launch? If so, where in London? I had thought above an old East End pub where ratting contest took place. I also need to think about articles for magazines, newspapers and blogs. The book launch 'to-do' list is seemingly endless. What about my publisher doing the publicity for me, I hear you cry?! It's so much easier to research and write a book than to sell it!