I’ve finally finished writing my book. Years of drafting, redrafting, agonising over the right words to convey my message, are finally at an end and I have set a date for publication: Monday 31st August 2015.
If I thought writing the book was hard, this bit is even more daunting. Getting the formatting right, finalising the book cover, planning a successful launch and securing good reviews – these are things keeping me awake at night now! I feel like the hard work is only just beginning! I know that selling the book will be much more difficult than writing it.
Putting your work “out there” for public scrutiny is nerve wracking and I was asked recently how I thought I would react to a negative review or comment. It was a difficult question as I really hope that everyone who buys the book will enjoy it, but I know that I have to be prepared for negative, as well as positive feedback.
But I’m also excited. I can’t wait to hear about my readers’ reactions to “Does it wet the bed?” and what they will take away from reading it. I wonder who will read it and whether it will alter the way they view disabled people. I wonder whether it will provoke conversation about how disabled people are treated and how society still needs to change. I hope so.
But more than anything, I hope that people will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!