In which I am published!

Ron Swanson is excited, too.

My first book is published today!

It’s out in the world for people to read – to enjoy (or not), to buy (or not), to hate (please not).

I’ve been striving for this day for a long time and now it’s here, I feel a crazy mixture of happiness, hope, excitement, anxiety and gratitude. If my feelings at this moment were a sound, they’d be an elongated and very high-pitched ‘meep’. So, business as usual, really…

I had fizzy wine (essential to calm pre-publication nerves) last night and have started today with an avalanche of kind messages, gifts, and cards. Thank you to my lovely friends and family for being so wonderfully supportive.

I’m over on Keris Stainton’s blog today for the first stop of my blog tour. Do stop by if you have a moment!

And, don’t forget, if you leave a comment on this post (or tweet a link), you’ll be entered into a draw to win a Nook Touch e-reader.

Announcing The Language of Spells Blog Tour

To celebrate publication (tomorrow!), I’m heading off on a blog tour.

A book tour you can do in your pajamas: Best. Invention. Ever.

Here’s the schedule. There will be guest posts, interviews and giveaways; hope you can make it!*

Thursday 30th May – Keris Stainton

Friday 31st May – Strictly Writing

Saturday 1st June – Novelicious

Monday 3rd June – Maria’s Book Blog

Tuesday 4th June – Carina UK

Wednesday 5th June – Derek Thomson

Thursday 6th June – Chick Lit Reviews

Friday 7th June – Novel Kicks

Monday 10th June – Katlyn Duncan

* If you think this post over-uses exclamation marks, just wait until tomorrow’s…

The wisdom of Discworld

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May 25th was Terry Pratchett appreciation day, during which fans and supporters wear lilac to celebrate his work and to recognise his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s.

I missed the day this year, but I love Pratchett’s books (especially those starring Death, Susan, Tiffany Aching, Granny Weatherwax and The Watch) and I love these Discworld quotes that have been made into posters. Head to Buzzfeed for the full set.

time is a drug poster

[Via ArghInk]

The lowdown on e-books

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I’ve had a Kindle for a couple of years, now, and love the sample feature and ability to take loads of books with me on holiday. I still buy physical books, though, which brings me to the first item on my list:

1. E-books haven’t killed paper books. Not yet, anyway… The statistics for 2012 showed that while digital sales were up by 66%, physical sales (for fiction books) also rose (by 3%). Plus, sales for both physical and digital (in fiction) was up by 21%, which is a good thing for writers. Yay! [Source: The Bookseller]

2. You can order a signed e-book (or, more accurately, a digital signature that you can file with your e-book) from Authorgraph.

3. You can give e-books as gifts. At least, you can if you’re using Kobo, or if you live in the US (the Nook US store and Amazon.com both offer this option, but the UK sites don’t as yet). Just click the ‘buy as gift’ option that comes up on the book page.

4. You don’t need a dedicated e-reader to read an e-book. Just download a free e-reader app for your PC, iPod, phone or tablet.

5. But dedicated e-readers are very nice… Many of them have lovely screens that don’t strain your eyes, they have brilliant storage space, and they’re easy to tote about. Why not enter my competition to win a Nook Simple Touch and bag yourself one for free?

Win a Nook eReader

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To celebrate the publication of my book next week, I’m giving away a Nook Simple Touch e-reader.

The Nook Simple Touch (worth £79) features E Ink display which is ‘just like reading on paper, even in bright sunlight’, and has a 6-inch intuitive touchscreen for easy navigation.

In The Language of Spells, Gwen Harper has the uncanny ability to find lost things. To be in with a chance of winning, leave me a comment on this post telling me what magical ability you’d choose to have.

For an extra entry, tweet or retweet a link to the giveaway.

Good luck!

After the closing date, I’ll pick a winner at random. Open to the UK and Ireland only, I’m afraid.*

Competition closes midnight GMT on Wednesday 5th June 2013

* Sorry about this, but I’m not sure about customs restrictions for sending a gadget across the pond…  Next giveaway will definitely be international!

In which I am excited!

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So, it’s all starting to happen… Meep!

On Friday my publisher released the cover (and blurb) for my debut, The Language of Spells. Look – it’s so pretty!

The eagle-eyed may have noticed that this prompted a teeny-redesign of my blog/website and a minor assault on the social media hubs of t’interweb. Yes, I’m now on GoodReads, as well as FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Plus, I got my very first advance review – from Clodagh Murphy, author of Frisky Business and Girl in a Spin. She said:

“Sarah Painter is a talented new writer, and her debut is a charming, romantic and intriguing story, with a little touch of magic. It had me enchanted.”

Thanks so much, Clodagh!

I’ve also been thinking about a way to celebrate publication and to say ‘thank you’ to you, my lovely blog readers, and it seems high-time for a giveaway. Watch this space.