Friday, June 03, 2011

good things come in threes

Current work: Medical
Listening to: Jessie J (courtesy of daughter)
Reading: Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover

It’s been quite a week, and yesterday was a definite red letter day. Firstly there was the delivery of some foreign editions, including a Dutch three-in-one in which ALL the books are mine (making it one of those ‘by request’ reprints), so I was quite chuffed. It was also royalty day (well, to my agent – I’ll get them next week). And then, best of all, an email from my ed saying she loved the revisions – so I’ve just sold my 48th M&B. Title and release date tbc, but I am SO pleased (and relieved, and delighted; the waiting doesn't get any better, however many books you've sold or awards you've been shortlisted for, and I think you always worry about whether you're still good enough. Which is a good thing as it means you try your best for your readers rather than take them for granted).

Sale of book = a new Pandora bead for my bracelet. It’s one I saw in Rome and thought would be perfect, but I didn’t dare tempt fate and buy it at the time (did that with the Venice book and came a huge cropper). Anyway. Am now the possessor of a very pretty enamel and silver bead.

We had steak and Chablis last night to celebrate, and tonight we’re out to dinner – though that’s to celebrate DH’s birthday. (Happy birthday, honey, if you’re reading this.) More celebrations due over the weekend; Chlo and I are making a birthday cake and strawberry tiramisu on Sunday morning.

And I’m late posting today because I’m taking a break from doing the thing I’ve put off for months and months and months – tidying the bearpit. I’ve done the floor (I did say it was bad) and half my desk; other half of desk and the pile on my reading chair to go. And then definitely time to flop in the garden with a book and a cold drink.


scarlet wilson said...

Aha - after a week blogger is finally letting me on!
congrats on your sale Kate and your bead looks lovely.
Can't wait to hear what title you will get!
You're making cake and tiramisu? Hold on - I'll be there!

Caroline said...

Congrats on your 48th. Only 2 more to go.... until the big 50. Have a good weekend celebrating - and happy birthday to the DD. Caroline x

Jan Jones said...

SO SO SO pleased for you!

Very pretty bead indeed :)

Kate Hardy said...

Thanks, all :o)

Susan, it's such a pain when Blogger won't let you in. (And the cake is beautifully decorated by DD right now - with marshmallows and stars...)

Caroline - we've had a lovely weekend. Gorgeous weather, and far too much to eat!

Jan - thanks. And I knew you'd like the bead :)

Lacey Devlin said...

That's a gorgeous Pandora bead, Kate! You'll have to buy yourself something extra special for number 50 (you're so close now!)

Shirley Wells said...

Many congrats on the 48th! (It's worn me out just typing '48th'. :))

That bead is simply gorgeous.