‘You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening – everyone should create. You should do something and say, ‘I did that’.
~ Ricky Gervais
Everyone Should Create
Firstly, we should apologise that it has been a while since we did our last blog. Being new to the world of writing meant that Cate and I somewhat underestimated how much work, and how intense the lead up to publishing our book was going to be. By the time it got to our soft launch date, we were both physically and emotionally exhausted- very much like teachers feel at the end of the summer term.
As our teacher friends will know, it takes the first few weeks of the summer holidays for your brain to wind down and to feel like yourself again, so it a lot of respects, it was very much like that. I’m not sure that I felt very much on our launch date as it was a very surreal feeling, and even when we were featured in the Daily Express it didn’t feel real. It’s only now that I can look at our book with a sense of pride and think, ‘we did that’.
Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden and watching TV, trying to slow my mind down and reorganise my thoughts. Laughter is always a good medicine and I had to nod in agreement when I came across the quote above on the internet by Ricky Gervais. He’s right.
Once I started painting again, I did notice how good it was for my mental health. But even painting didn’t provide me with the same sense of achievement as writing the book has. It’s not always easy finding the time or right frame of mind to create anything, but we would very much advise anyone who is changing their relationship with alcohol to find something creative to do.
They say everyone has got a book in them, and a few friends have been in touch to say they might have a crack at writing their own. I loathe the word ‘journey’, but writing ‘Alcohol Reconsidered’ has been an exciting, challenging and thought provoking one, and it’s an experience that I will never forget. I would strongly encourage anyone of thinking about it to give it a go, and if please get in touch if you would like some tips so that you can avoid some of the mistakes we made.
Marketing and ‘Official’ Launch
One thing we are planning is our ‘official’ launch. We weren’t able to do this in June, as we weren’t sure how things were going to progress, or not, with regard to restrictions for meeting up. We have pencilled in SATURDAY 23rd OCTOBER as the date, so put it in your diaries. It is likely to be held somewhere in Richmond Upon Thames; we will confirm the details in due course. We really would love to thank you all in person for all of your support. It isn’t going to be a dry event, and we aren’t going to dishing out any sanctimonious lectures about the evils of alcohol, so please don’t let the subject matter put you off.
Everything is still new, and our next learning curve is going to be how to get word of our book ‘out there’. Being ex-teachers means that we are not yet well versed in effective marketing strategies, so if you think you could help us in any way, we’d love to hear from you.
In other news, Cate and I are moving on to our next book, ‘Wellbeing Reconsidered’. We’re looking forward to applying everything we learned from writing our first book to this one, and it’s really going to focus on how we can improve our wellbeing, without the psychobabble and cliches that we are often presented with. Where it will lead and what we will find out, we don’t yet know, but it’s bound to be an adventure. We are currently looking for some experts to contribute, so if you know anyone who might be interested, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will keep you posted with our progress, but for now, thank you so much to everyone who has bought the book and special thanks to the people who have taken the time to review it on Amazon for us. Reviews really do help people know if the book is something they will enjoy reading, so thank you so much. It is very much appreciated.