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Awards: WASTED won the Read it or Else category in the Coventry Award and was runner-up in the North East Book Award. It is longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Manchester, Grampian, Angus, and RED Awards.

Monday, 3 May 2010


Publication Day! So, what do you think I'll be doing? Opening bunches of hand-tied flowers and drinking champagne? Basking in pleasure?

Not quite. First, I'm presenting the prizes at the Pushkin prizes in Edinburgh. This is a creative writing competition for teenagers in Scotland and Russia and it's a fabulous showcase of young writing talent. I've been judging the competition with the poet Stewart Conn and Jenny Carr from the Scotland-Russia institute and today we present the prizes to the winners, with their families and teachers and lots of important people. All the winners and runners-up will receive a copy of Wasted as well as lots of other books.

Then, I'm leaping into a train to go to London. Oh, you mean for a glittering reception for publication day? Or to Buckingham Palace so that the Queen can personally congratulate me? Er, no. (Thank goodness...) We've bought a flat in London and one of my daughters and I are doing the removal bit tomorrow, with two vans arriving with stuff from storage. So, I will be sleeping on the floor tonight and I may have no internet connection. But I'll have my favourite possession - iphone - so I'll be able to read your comments.

Thank you ALL so much for all your support up to now - today, I'm not bringing you any mind-boggling science or fascinating philosophy, just thanking you for your kind words and hoping you'll stay with me for a while and share your thoughts about the ideas behind the book. If you read Wasted and like it, DO tell your friends, comment on the blog and put a review on Amazon. I really really really do need all the help I can get and I will be grateful to you for ever, if not even longer.

I have been stunned by the response so far and am now even more dreading the first time someone will think (and say) that the book is rubbish. Until that point, I'm thrilled with the Amazon reviews and other online stuff. I happen to know there's a major newspaper review coming up soon, but obviously I don't know what it says. *bites nails*. Trust me when I say that it's not the fact that the reviews have been so positive that I'm so pleased about, but the fact that every single one of them has understood exactly what I was trying to do. It seems to have struck chords and I'm so glad it's not just me who thinks about the world in this weird and wondering way.

Meanwhile, this evening I will raise a small glass of sparkly stuff to you all. By chance  -  chance rules again  -  tonight I'm staying with my old friend from university, Karen, and the philosophy stuff in Wasted was what we used to spend hours and hours arguing about. And her daughter is currently at our old college so there'll be lots to talk about.

Over on the fabulous publishing blog of Jane Smith at How Publishing Really Works. I still haven't met Jane but we've become good friends through our shared desire to strip away the mysteries of publishing and tell it how it is, to help good writers achieve publication. Join me there! (Though I can't remember what I said in the post...)


catdownunder said...

Now this move will be fine. Trust me. What can go wrong?
I did not know how to 'link' you to my blog (so that my loyal band of silent readers can head over to you) so I shoved the URL in the middle of what I was saying instead. It was all a big risk! :-)

Old Kitty said...

Oh good luck with your move and I hope that sleeping on the floor wouldn't be so uncomfortable.. it's apparently very good for the back!

Anyway - YAY!! for all your fab reviews and the big newspaper one. Of course it'll be a fab review, how could it not??

Enjoy today

Take care

fairyhedgehog said...

What an amazingly stressful time it's been and is being.

There is a good buzz about Wasted, though. I've put up a review on amazon and saw it's all five stars so far. You're doing great!

Catherine Hughes said...

Good luck with all things Pickfords today!

Can't wait to see what the newspaper reviewer has to say about 'Wasted'...

Cat x

womagwriter said...

Happy Publishing Day!

Katherine Langrish said...

Congratulations, Nicola (and looking forward to hosting you on my blog next Monday). Also REALLY looking forward to reading "Wasted", which looks amazing and is heading off on holiday with me tomorrow...

Laura Marcella said...

Congratulations!!! Good luck with everything and I'm looking forward to reading your book!