After being invited to the wedding of his college sweetheart, Jason Chapman’s life begins to crumble around him. But with the help of his two best friends, he’s going to face his past, present and future all in one night. Twenty-three years old and drifting through life, Jason’s love life is as stale as the bread in his kitchen, and the fact that the beautiful Lila Holmes is getting married is enough to send him on a downward spiral that sees every part of his life suffer as a result. Forced to confront his failures, Jason has to rebuild his life from the bottom. It just so happens that “the bottom” is watching the girl of his dreams marry somebody else. ‘Walking up a Slide’ is a potty-mouthed rom-com for anyone who’s ever pined over ‘The One That Got Away.’
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6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Published ‘Walking up a Slide’
#1. I wish I had known how easy the process could be.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough on you financially and creatively, but I bet there are hundreds of thousands of unpublished novels that could find an audience via self-publishing. I always viewed publishing as impossible, especially with the kind of stories I want to tell. Now I can release these stories into the world.
#2. I wish I had known how crazy I would send myself.
At first it was the sales stats, then it was the reviews, and now it’s just medication and rainbows. Just kidding. You can send yourself a bit crazy once you have a book out, but it soon goes away when you realise you have to write more.
#3. I wish I had known how many times I’d be asked the “How many have you sold?” question.
My friends and family – god bless them – never stop asking, and the pretentious as hell answer of “It’s not about sales, darling, it’s about flooding the world with my artistic talent” (don’t worry, I don’t really say that, but hopefully you get my point).
It can get a little annoying, but they’re only asking because they want you to do well, and it’s important that you keep smiling and tell them the truth, because your Amazon ranking will uncover your lie if you tell them “MILLIOOOOOOOOOOOONS!!”
#4. I wish I had known how interesting self-published authors can be.
If you use LinkedIn groups, online writing forums, use social media to meet and chat to authors and – shock horror – talk to people in real life, you get a real sense of just how many people are telling their stories via self-publishing, and how much knowledge and advice their is to go around. It’s been fascinating, and makes me feel really lazy sometimes.
#5. I wish I had known how much fun you can have when it’s all up to you.
I’ve done loads of cool stuff, from book trailers, podcasts, book selfie competitions (some of them are hilarious) and more, and it’s been a lot of fun, more fun than I thought it could be. I thought that I would put the book out and then that would be it, but I’ve been proactive without being a self-promoting bore.
#6. I wish I had known how difficult it is to get motivated for #2.
I like to think that I’m pretty prolific, but people like Hugh Howey astound me. I know it’s a little different when you’re a full-time author, but still, hats off to the productive guys. I went through a wave of self-doubt, euphoria, boredom, excitement and back to self-doubt again before starting book #2, so I appreciate any authors who have a solid output.
DALEY JAMES FRANCIS
Freelance writer Daley James Francis has written for numerous publications (including the Huffington Post and Business2Community), written and produced short films, built websites from scratch, and conducted writing workshops at schools and colleges. His debut novel, Walking up a Slide, is a “rom-com with a big heart and a potty mouth.” His novel Walking Up a Slide is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.