It has been nine months since my first book Oh Sugar! was published and ever since then I have been wondering how well its been selling (Amazon rankings give you a clue but they don't necessarily reflect book sales in shops). Last month I got my grubby mitts on the sales figures! Before I go… Continue reading Sales of my first book
One of my biggest concerns about writing a book – the thing that made me break out in a cold sweat whenever I thought about it - was receiving dire reviews on Amazon. I know it’s not a very impressive thing to admit to. I wish I could say I am beyond such things. But… Continue reading Writing a book + ego issues + thank you
OK, I am going to milk this for all its worth. You are about to witness a historic moment; the very first time that the words ‘bestseller’ and ‘Katherine Bassford’ are uttered within the same sentence! Yup. Remember that extract from Oh Sugar! that was published in the Daily Express a few weeks ago? Well,… Continue reading Bestsellerdom at last!
Oooh, here’s a little more publicity organised by the lovely Summersdale Publishers in Chichester: A ‘My favourite books’ interview with local radio station Spirit FM. ‘My favourite books’ is, of course, a topic close to my heart. I could warble on for hours about this given half the chance. But in this interview I was uncharacteristically succinct for… Continue reading My top five favourite books (Spirit fm radio interview)
OK, life just got even more surreal – an extract from Oh Sugar was printed in the Daily Express today! I was at work so I made a beeline for WHSmith in my lunch break. I grabbed a copy of the paper and scanned the health section for a tiny article about sugar. I got a bit… Continue reading Blimey, I’m in the Daily Express!
Oooh, I have just been featured on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) website. They asked me how to tell the story of how my first published book came about, and why it turned out to be a non-fiction title rather than my long dreamed of children’s novel. You can read my story… Continue reading My story is on the SCBWI website!
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I am a bit 'ex and shoff' at the moment (Teddy Robinson speak for 'excited and showing off') as I have just popped into Asda and guess what? There was my book on the shelf! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect start to 2015 :-)
2014 is ending in a seriously sparkly way… Oh Sugar! has already been reprinted. And it has been as high as 13,000 in the Amazon bestsellers rank, which is pretty good going considering there are millions of books on Amazon and the publication date for my book is tomorrow! (If you’re confused by this, as I was… Continue reading Blazing a trail in 2015
Last night a friend (who it has to be said has more than a passing affection for a certain fizzy drink) sent me this photo entitled ‘A Perfect night in’…. Naturally, I am not endorsing such outrageous 'reading nibbles'! But it did make me laugh. It also made me do a double take. My book is supposed to… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 9): A perfect night in
Today was a day much like any other EXCEPT for one remarkable thing: a nice chap from the editorial team presented me with a copy of my first ever published book Oh Sugar! So... what happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you see a printed copy of your book for the… Continue reading Writing a Book (Part 8): What happens when you’ve wanted to be an author all your life and you finally see a copy of your first published book?