Hello lovely pledgers,
I have been very quiet, and I apologise - your support means a hell of a lot to me. I have been swamped the last few weeks with moving house, decorating said house, and trying to deal with no longer having a regular income, which has meant I've neglected promoting my book.
Also, when the days are creeping towards the deadline and you feel like you are shouting into a black hole, because nobody wants to spend £10 on an ebook written by someone non-famous, it can get very disheartening. Sadly, sometimes it's easier to admit that you've given up, rather than carrying on trying to squeeze out the odd pledge here and there, knowing you probably won't reach 100%.
Anyway, I was told I had 90 days, but it's day 93 and my campaign is stil live, so I've done a another round of begging. Obviously I would love to reach my goal, but I'm happy to just see how high I can get it before it ends (whenever that may be). Any new pledges are incredibly welcome, and all money will be refunded if I don't make it, so please keep sharing my page if you can.
Despite all of the above, I have actually been writing my book. Obviously, I prefer writing it to promoting it, which is why I knew I was going to struggle.
I have written around 23,000 words so far, and I am loving how it's progressing. I have had some excellent feedback from people who have read it and am really excited about the next part. Writing this story is genuinely my favourite thing to do, and nothing makes me happier than when I know I have a spare afternoon to get a load of it done.
Below are some very small excerpts, I hope you enjoy them. I love Sid the badger, and big thanks to my other half who read the first draft and suggested I "make him more Zoidberg". If you have ever been to the London Wetland Centre, you might recognise the noisy bird in the second extract.
Even if publishing with Unbound doesn't work out, I will finish this book and do my best to publish it somewhere else. Or maybe I will write another book and publish that, who knows. All I know is that I am beyond grateful for all your support, and this opportunity with Unbound has given me the confidence to try and make this happen.
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