The last few months have been a speedy blur of firsts for me: first time launching a book, first time on radio, first time on TV, first speaking engagement, first time creeping stealthily through the aisles of bookstores, eyeballing the shelves for my cover.
On the morning of launch day, I made a beeline for my one of my favourite city bookstores. In order to feel like a real published author, I needed to see my book on shelves. The Brunswick Street bookshop is a cosy little nest that I’d often visit for inspiration when I was writing my book nearby in Abbotsford. It’s my second home, my sanctuary, and I could think of no better place to make my debut as a lurking bookstore creep.
As I walked into the store, I covered my toothy smile behind an idiot’s smirk. I walked straight to the new-release section with my hands outstretched, ready to embrace my paperback. Ta-da! Here I am, baby! Your author!
I searched the shelves. Where is it?
I searched some more. Seriously, where the hell is it?
It wasn’t there.
(First time having my idiot’s grin melt rapidly while standing in my
favourite least favourite bookstore.)
On the plus side, things could only go up from there. And oh how they did…
Here are my top ten highlights from the last few months:
1. The airport billboards
Caz Makepeace from yTravel blog spotted my book cover in all its backlit glory at the Qantas terminal at Sydney airport.
2. Giving Grisham the cold shoulder
Talk to the spine ’cause the face ain’t listening.
3. The time I rubbed up against Ellen
And Katherine Book and Sheryl Sandberg.
4. The time I took over iTunes
5. The moment I thought: Hey—I’m speaking in public and I am not exploding into a ball of flames and dying a slow, painful death from shame. I’m alive and well and I’m doing just fine!
6. Sharing the stage at RMIT with Graeme Simsion, author of the The Rosie Project
7. Being clustered together with these folks
8. Browsing for reviews
“The story of how DeRoche overcame her fears, her self-deprecating humour and her way with words would have been enough to make this a great story. The fact her Argentinian boyfriend combines the passion of a Latin lover with the grit and spirit of a Scandinavian seafarer makes this book a Hollywood dream come true.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Love with a Chance of Drowning isn’t just the best book I have read this year, or even in the last few years. It is, hands down, the best book I have ever read.” Riley Banks of The Writer’s Shack
“Wow, what a book. Exciting. Dramatic. Honest. Torre DeRoche is an author to follow.” Australian Associated Press
“You’ll get a lot of things out of this book, I promise you. You will ask questions about your own life, your fears, your ambitions and your spirit. But at its heart this is a love story that will keep you turning the pages and leave you feeling bereft as you finish the last line.” The Modern Women’s Survival Guide
9. Being read by little people—my niece and nephew
10. The time that Summersdale Publishers baked Love with a Chance of Cake
In other news…
We’re less than three weeks away from launching in North America! The cover is completely different. It looks like this:
My US publicist has a box of advance review copies ready to send out now. If you’re a blogger and you’d like an advance review copy, please submit your details here.
You can also preorder the book on Amazon to have it delivered as soon as it’s out.
Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, Love with a Chance of Drowning (2013) and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (due out September 2017). She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, and two Lonely Planet anthologies.