A Book Launch; and, “I get to read books and people pay me”

First, a book launch! I am (hopefully, barring sudden disaster or extreme tiredness) going to be at the launch of Not So Stories in London on Saturday! If you’re around the Forbidden Planet area, do come along and check out this anthology of Kipling-inspired stories.

And second, me! I’m currently in Uncanny Valley between “this is all strange and new and exciting” and “this is a normal routine day”, with an added dose of “EVERYTHING IS GOING TO GO WRONG”. It’s caused a little bit of We Need To Do All The Panicking but my brain has been coping quite well, for which I am extremely grateful…

I’m settling in to Oxford and moving to a friend’s room this weekend – as opposed to being on my wonderful friend’s floor, which while brilliant as a temporary thing is not somewhere I want to clutter up permanently. My commute is going to be down the canal, and I’m doing ok with the house (I love doing early-early, and it seems to be working well).

I still can’t believe I’m getting paid to read amazing books. Just….WUT IS THIS SORCERY OF A JOB?!

Everyone has been lovely and I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed by that, too – being able to openly say “I’m a bit anxiety today” and the first reactions from everyone is “oh no, can we help?” – it’s just…amazing, and really helps. (There isn’t really anything anyone can do to help, and I manage my brain as best I can.) But it’s like being able to let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding: it gives me hope that someone else will have my back when my brain’s fighting me and I’m struggling. It’s not going to be another battle to fight on top of the ones I’m already fighting. I’m obviously going to do my best to not let it interfere with my work, but it’s not something I have to spend energy hiding, and that is one  less worry.

And I’m loving my job. I’m learning the ebook processes and KDP nuances (aka. it hates everyone and everything and WOE BETIDE YOU IF YOU ARE 0.00003 OF A MM OUT!) and getting sent things to read; I’ve been given one piece to edit already which is fantastic and I am really looking forward to reading, and I’ve been working my way through some current submissions and back catalogue books. It’s still very strange but it feels familiar, which I love. And I’ve had time in the evenings to work, too; I’m not feeling overwhelmed by my freelance and Grimbold bits, which is doubly nice.

I’m expecting a crash at some point because this is too good to last, but that’s fine – I’ll manage it when it comes. But for now, I’m good. I’m really good.

I’m going to go a read an amazing book now!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.