A good day.

It’s May 2nd and it’s grey and wet outside but inside there’s sunshine. I’m sitting in my pyjama bottoms, jumper and puffa grinning to myself like an idiot cos I’ve just seen that my book has gone on sale on Amazon. Well, pre-sale, which I don’t really understand the point of… but who cares? My book exists on Amazon and you can order it now. It comes out properly on 6th September.

WOOHOO.

A couple of weeks at London Book Fair forty odd people gathered to celebrate my book. There were editors from Spain, France, Lithuania, Brazil, America, Canada, Israel… Mum was my date. It was a gorgeous night, with mum chatting to the Danish editor about how much time she’s spent in Copenhagen: ‘I watch Borgen every week!’

There was a point when Kris, my UK editor, was giving a speech about the book and Mum interrupted him, saying ‘Oh no, I wish I was recording this. I know I’m going to get home and not remember all the nice things you’ve said.’

Everyone laughed – but things feel a bit like that right now. So many nice things are happening and people are saying such nice things that it’s hard to take it in. Right now we are up to 22 International book deals, and I think it’s being translated into 18 languages so far. It’s ridiculous and wonderful and beautiful and exactly what I’d dreamt of.

All through the book writing process I always believed in the book but I did not believe in myself. I worried that I was fucking up this great idea that I was lucky enough to have had. In Big Magic, Liz Gilbert, reckons the ideas are like their own entities that fly around the world and land on people. It’s then your responsibility to run with it – or not. It all sounds a bit kooky but I kind of agree.  When I had the idea for Help Me! it came to me fully formed – I had the title, could see the book cover, totally knew that it could be great… I just had to do it.

Alas, the ‘just doing it’ was WAY WAY WAY harder then I’d envisioned.

But I did not give up and I have had so many people believing in me, tolerating me and financially funding me through the last four odd years. It sounds like the hugest cliché but I would not have finished the book without them – and you. It feels like now is the time to reap the rewards and I hope that we can enjoy the success.

We can do big, crazy good things, it turns out. You might drive yourself and everyone around in slightly insane in the process but then there are moments like today when it feels like it’s all been worth it. And to celebrate, I’m going to have a shower, get dressed and buy a sticky bun.

Thank you for sticking with me though all this. Good times ahead.

Love and hugs

xx

 

33 Responses

  1. Louize says:

    Fantastic news! Can’t wait to read it! Funny was just thinking I hadn’t heard from you for a while only this morning! Spooky

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Louize, it’s funny how that works, isn’t it?

      • Karen Bird says:

        At last. Congratulations and more well deserved.
        So all that blood sweat and tears have paid off.
        I’m very pleased for you, it’s made my day hearing from you.
        I will be moving next week into the unknown with a new puppy
        and thanks to you I’ve taken the chance of a new chapter in my life
        Continue the good work.

        • Marianne Power says:

          Thank you, Karen. Where are you moving to? Tell me more – good luck with everything. Be brave. New chapters are scary but good. Keep in touch. xx

  2. Francesco Cervellera says:

    Congratulation 🙂

  3. Niki Longmuir says:

    I’m thrilled for you, that’s utterly wonderful…! Well done, xxxxx

  4. Susan Sims says:

    I’m so thrilled for you!! Dancing ’round the room on your behalf xxx

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Susan! Dancing down under… I love it. Thank you for being such a great cheerleader throughout all of it – it meant such a lot. xx

  5. Helen says:

    Congratulations. Such great news. You’re an inspiration – you believed in something and kept doggedly on even when times weren’t so easy. Well done. I’ve loved reading your posts – they’ve been insightful and entertaining. Can’t wait to hear what the next bit of new is.

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Helen – it felt very dogged!!! But worth it now, thank god. How are you? Thanks for the lovely words – I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on.

  6. Maria says:

    Well done Marianne, I have followed you from the beginning.

    So great to hear of your success. I wish you all the best, you deserve it.

    Maria

  7. Claire says:

    This is awesome news Marianne!! You’ve cheered up my day 100% xxx

  8. Rebecca Coleman says:

    I’m sure we decided about 3 years ago at one of Claire’s parties who would play you in the film but now I can’t remember who we settled on!

  9. YAAAAAYYY!!! As I said on FB, it’s brilliant news and so well deserved. I can’t wait to read it!! xxxx

  10. Sue Faldo says:

    So very pleased for you I know what a traumatic few years it’s been for you! At last a light at the end of the tunnel and not just a light a huge bright shining starlight. You deserve it and may you now go from strength to strength. Well done!
    SueX ( Sarah’s mum)

  11. Linda says:

    Fantastic news, Im so pleased for you .YYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Oh. My. God! You did it Marianne! So MASSIVELY MASSIVELY happy for you, proud for you and doing whoop whoops around the room here. I can’t wait to see who plays you in the film xxxx

    • Marianne Power says:

      Thank you Amanda – we got there in the end!!! Lovely to hear from you. I’ve been doing a lot of whooping too. I hope you are well. xxx

  13. una says:

    Fantastic, reminding of this quote I saw recently
    “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
    You never gave up. Congrats.

    • Marianne Power says:

      Oh Una I love this quote. Thank you. I didn’t give up, it’s true. It was never even an option – even when things were hard. Lovely to hear from you. I hope you are well.

  14. Ali says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it all again 😊 and look forward to hearing your other news ….. xxx

  15. paul says:

    Marianne (or Bette Midler as you still are in my phone contacts – remember……??? !!)

    Just saw your message and so, so pleased for you………..lots to say and ask and from here I’ll contact Rebecca and see if we cant get together. Have thought of you often and this is just great news

    Much Love

    Paul

    Xx

  16. Rosie Gray says:

    Congratulations Marianne. So delighted to hear it all came right in the end. Get ready now for fame and maybe a little bit of fortune. xxx

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