I’ve got a new book out. Have you noticed? And now it’s available in paperback too, which is exciting, at least as far as I’m concerned.

Thank you to everybody who has bought it or reviewed it or just given me enormous support in real life or on social media. It really is appreciated.

This launch experience has also made me feel a lot happier about this blog. Every so often you may have noticed me writing stuff saying that producing a blog can be very lonely. You send it out and the statistics say that quite a lot of people read it every month. (I get around 3,000 visitors, which is hardly viral, but I find quite satisfying.) Not that many people comment on here, though, and I know that a lot of my visitors are bots.

(I know some writers who are convinced that the number of visits they get from Russia reflects the popularity of their books there, but I have my doubts.) So I do sometimes wonder if you are all real and really care at all about my books. And this month you have put my doubts to rest.

This is the first proper book launch I’ve had since I started this blog. (I know: it’s been too long. There will be more very soon.) And I have had more visitors this month than ever before! And (and this is the brilliant bit) so many of you have actually visited to read the news about my book. In fact, the original post about it (which came out at the end of October) is my third most-read post ever and some people have even taken the trouble to comment on it, which is always nice. I don’t think the bots can recognise my excitement and home in on this one, so this does suggest real human beings read it. *Waves *

Anyway, that’s all I have to say this week. Thank you so much and, if you haven’t yet, please buy the book (just £1.99 on Kindle). Next week you’re getting a proper blog post with lots of history in it, thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Ash. Happy reading until then.

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