I’m writing this in the early hours of the morning – a bit more than twenty-four hours ago, I was privileged to experience the second-best day of my life. The first, obviously, was when I got married in the north pole under a solar eclipse. (No, really.)
But on the evening of 30 May 2018, I got to stand up before 80-plus people – The venue only had 80 seats and it was standing room only ten minutes before the mic switched on – my wife, my friends, and total strangers, and launch my debut novel.
It was absolutely bloody amazing. And absolutely surreal. I’m an alleged writer, but I just cannot find the words. It was a contradiction: It was incredibly humbling to see such a turnout at this small event of an (as yet) unknown author, and I felt like a bloody rock star, didn’t I? And what’s even better: I sold out. That was a dream. Before the time, I pondered the imponderable and thought to myself which problem I’d rather have: running out of books, or running out of attendees. I guess that question answered itself! Getting the “there’s no more books” sign from the people at the sales table was an incredible feeling. One, that now, even on hindsight, makes my stomach roll in pleasant memory.
I’ve nothing to say except… wow. Bloody wow. Friends (new and old), family, my hosts, the people at the after parties, everyone who came and supported me – I thank you. This has been truly special, and I wish I can name you all personally, but I just cannot, there’s just too much of you and I’m going to get flustered. But know that each and every one of you made a huge impact in my life on opening night, and if the rest of Discovering Leigh’s career does as well as that night… then I’ll be a rich man.
But for now, I’m a happy man, and I have you to thank for that!
PS: The launch has been added on YouTube for your pleasure and my embarrassment.