There was a time around the start of last year, when it felt as though 2018 would never arrive. Despite the fact that I’d written a first draft of ‘You Me Everything’ a century ago (two years actually), my various publishers decided that the best date for it to be released worldwide was Spring 2018. There were lots of important scheduling reasons for this, but anyone who’s ever seen me waiting for my nine-year-old to get his school shoes on in the morning will be aware that patience is not one of my virtues.
It could have been torture. Except that in the interim period, an awful lot has been happening - not least a movie option, a promotional trip to Norway and the writing of another novel (more on that later). I’ve also established new Catherine Isaac social media channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, a brand-new website and – after a decade writing as Jane Costello - have had to get used to answering to the name Catherine.
Only now, Spring 2018 is ABOUT TO HAPPEN. It’s within spitting distance. In case I was in any doubt about this, the behind-the-scenes activity surrounding ‘You Me Everything’ has ramped up massively. This week involved a big meeting with my agent Wonder Woman (aka Sheila Crowley) and the team at Simon & Schuster UK. We talked sales plans, promotional activity, book club collaborations, media briefings, the AMAZING book trailer they've made (see above) ... and also where Sheila got her much-coveted handbag from.
I then swept home to Liverpool on the train, where – between my publishers and Waterstones – we are planning the official, publication day launch. I am experiencing a few nervous ripples about this as, despite having written nine published books * whisper this * it’s my first ever book launch. Seriously. I’ve always felt a little uneasy about the idea of celebrating a novel before you know whether anyone’s a. bought a copy or b. thinks it’s any good. As a result, I’ve bottled out entirely before now, which in some ways goes entirely against my nature – usually I barely need an excuse for a party.
This time, however, is different. ‘You Me Everything’ is too much of a big deal to me to not do something wonderful. So . . . The event takes place in Waterstones Liverpool One on April 19th at 6.30pm, tickets are available HERE and I have a big favour to ask. Please don’t let me turn up to my first ever book launch and find only my mum and the dog there.
I’d love it if you could join me to raise a toast, sign a copy or two and let me tell you a little about the book that changed EVERYTHING for me. #YouMeEverything #April19