Excitement is building… it’s only a few days until The Finding of Freddie Perkins is released.
One of the things I’ve loved about the whole process of writing this book and seeing it get published is the number of people who’ve been involved – encouraging me and helping me. And now – sharing in the anticipation of 23 May and Freddie’s arrival with us all.
I promised I’d share as much as I could on this blog and so I want to tell you a couple of my favourite stories from the last few days.
They are personal stories because I am lucky enough to have friends who are as excited as I am about being able to find Freddie in our local bookshops…
The first is about a lovely little girl I know who lives in York… Her family have all known about the book since it was first submitted to A&C Black with high hopes. And her mum is a teacher who was on my team of manuscript editors. So Freddie has been long anticipated in their house.
They even helped me pass some of the anxious waiting time last year when I was holding out for a final decision from the publishers by inviting me over for the afternoon… we watched a dramatisation of J.K. Rowling’s life together.
It was surreal but lovely. And also strangely comforting because it reminded me just how remarkable it would be if the book was to get published.
Earlier this week she said to her mum,
‘I’m just bursting to have the book!’
How sweet I thought when I read her email… until I saw that her follow up was to say she wanted to be the only person to have a copy.
Her mum assured me that she had pointed out that wasn’t quite how publishing worked…
It feels slightly mean to not want a child’s dreams to come true, but in this case I do hope she isn’t the only girl to own the book!
On Tuesday night I had a call from another close friend. Several months ago she had asked whether she could read the book and I’d sent her the manuscript by email…
She kept deliberating whether to read it or not before it was a proper book. She is also a busy lady… in the end, she decided to wait.
Anyway, as the excitement in our little community built to fever pitch this week, she decided she couldn’t wait any longer.
So she gave in and read the book.
Half-way through our phone call, when she was telling me all about her reactions to the story, I happened to mention that another friend had received her copy early from Amazon.
‘Oh,’ she said ‘I had a package through from them today… hang on…’
Yes, you’ve guessed it.
Freddie had been sat quietly on the side all that time!