This writing life – it’s not always what you expect

Pirate moments

Pirate moments

I remember the first time I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl. We hadn’t seen any shorts, we had no idea what to expect.

We came out of that movie laughing, feeling good.

We enjoyed the movie so much saw it six times more in the theatre and we’ve seen it on TV countless times since, but that first time was absolute magic.

The same week we saw Pirates of the Caribbean we also saw Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. It was the ten/twenty year revival of a stage show that had run first in the mid-1980s, and again in the 1990s. It had Jon English as the Pirate King, and Simon Gallaher as Frederick. We loved it so much we had already seen it a number of times in each of the two earlier incarnations, so we knew roughly what to expect.

We still came out of that show laughing and feeling good.

Ever since then we’ve used the term ‘pirate moment’ to describe an experience which makes you euphoric, on a high.

Our book comes out on Tuesday

There are a lot of pirate moments on the way to becoming an author.

They’re not always the moments you expect.

Getting an agent was a pirate moment. The first feedback you get from an editor—even if they’re saying no—is a pirate moment.

Selling the book—not so much. That took two years, and was more a relief than anything. But once the book has been sold, the first time you hear from your editor is a pirate moment.

When your agent, unexpectedly, emails you and says we have an offer for audio rights. That’s a pirate moment.

Getting a box of ARCs (advanced reader copies) was a pirate moment. We weren’t expecting them, and suddenly, here on the doorstep is a box of books with green covers. It’s a book! A real book.

We were expecting the final books when they arrived a month later.

Not that we’re unhappy about publishing contracts or seeing final copies of our book, because we love it. But the euphoric pirate moments come from the things you’re not expecting.

A five star rating of Linesman on Goodreads. A tiny mention in an article saying that your book is one this person looks forward to reading. An email from your local library asking if you want to do a book talk as part of their Emerging Writers series.

Happy book birthday to us

Our book comes out on Tuesday June 30. Happy book birthday to us

So far it’s not shaping up to be a pirate moment. Of course, you can’t tell until the actual day, but it’s one of those things you’ve been anticipating for so long that when you get to it, it’s almost anticlimactic.

It sounds ungrateful. It’s not. And there will be plenty more pirate moments to come. But right now neither of is really sure how we feel about Tuesday.

There’s plenty to keep us occupied in the meantime, anyway. We got the edits for book two (Alliance) back from Anne the other day, and we’re still not done on the first draft of book three.

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