I spent all morning today at Rye Market. Sales at venues has declined this past year especially at craft fairs and localised small events. Everybody is feeling the pinch I guess, nobody seems to get a decent pay rise anymore. Markets continue to hold their own though but I have to say that in this heat I was exhausted by 2 o'clock. It was a sweltering 32 degrees when i left and no amount of fluids seemed to help in keeping cool. As usual the customers who bought were dedicated readers or had dedicated readers in their families and it's lovely to talk about books and stories outside the schools I work in. Some of my customers today were second time purchasers and gave feedback on my work which is so important for development both as a writer and a story-teller. They'll be some more markets during the summer months, I'm sure.
I finished writing my first definitive adult book this week. 102,000 words of non-stop action and adventure. It's been a long journey with this one because i've written it mainly on the road between the schools I visit on tour. As usual with a finished first draft I will leave it for a few months before I re-read it. It is something I like to do with every book as it allows me a chance to read it afresh. To date this is the only book i've written in the present, everything else, all 59 of them are set in different time periods, mostly in the past but also some in the future. There's a lot going on at the moment in my world of books, with potentially six more being published before thee end of year, including two for younger readers that also feature artwork from a new artist Laura Wilde who I have the pleasure of working with. Two more adult books are underway, about half way through the first drafts, but some would argue that they are young adult books. In truth they will sell in both age groups.