Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Publication Day! And the Oscar Speech

Wooo! It's finally here! I've eaten eight Ferrero Rocher chocolates in one minute!

Before I calm down enough to deliver anything coherent, can I direct you to some places where I'm at today? At Sia McKye's, I'm talking how how to stay fit without leaving the flat. 'Coz who needs the great outdoors, anyway?

At the Minxes of Romances (these gals rawk!), I'm discussing romance and answering other fun questions.

On Chick Lit Reviews, I talk about how I came up with the concept for The Hating Game and how I celebrated when I found out I was going to be published. (I'll give you a hint: it begins with 'w'.)

And at Mel Sherratt's wonderful High Heels and Book Deals, there's the chance to win a copy of The Hating Game (UK only, sorry, but everyone who follows my blog is in the draw to win copies of my novel over the course of this week). All you need to do is answer one teeny question! Hehe! Pop over to have a look.

So on to the Oscar speech!

As isolating as writing can be, zillions of people have helped me out with this novel! It goes without saying that I never would have done this without Mr TR. Or, I would have done it, but it would have taken me much much longer! And a big thank you to my wonderful parents and friends who never once told me I was naive or silly (or just plain dumb) to give up a full-time PAYING job to try to get published.

I want to do a giant shout-out to India Drummond (her novel, Ordinary Angels, is out in April!). India and I "met" through my now-defunct blog a few years ago. She's read stuff of mine that will never see the light of day, offered fantastic suggestions, and just provided me with the general snark needed to make it through the publication maze. Although we've never met in real life, our lengthy telephone conversations are invaluable to my writerly well-being. Thank you, Snark Sister!

Lots of other writers helped, too, and I want to say thanks to Gemma Burgess, Colette Caddle and Miranda Dickinson who all read my ARC and gave me a massive boost of confidence when I was about to vom with pre-release nerves.

And finally (yes, finally!) -- YOU! For reading, interacting, supporting... just generally being the greatest and fantastic-ist group of people ever! You've made my release so much more special than it ever could have been.

THANK YOU!

*wipes tear*

Right, now on to today's giveaway!

The Hating Game (donated by Laura Howard) goes to... SUSAN FIELDS!
*Which is amazing, since Susan was my very first blog follower when I started this blog! Yay Susan!

Wasted by Nicola Morgan goes to... KATE JOHNSON

The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus goes to... LUCIE WHEELER

Without Alice by DJ Kirkby goes to... JESSICA BALL

Like Bees to Honey (swapped from yesterday with Jess, who already won a copy) goes to... JILL KEMERER

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually by Ali McNamara goes to... DEBS RICCIO

Naked in Knightsbridge by Nicky Schmidt goes to... KATIE WORKMAN


Congrats, everyone. And thank you, again!

95 comments:

  1. Congrats! Woo hoo! And I love the new cover!

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  2. Congratulations Talli! And to all the winners [g]

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  3. What great news! Happy for you. Just started following recently, anxious to read your book...I'm a secret addict of reality shows. (Well, it's not a secret anymore is it?) Again, congrats!

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  4. Congratations Talli! Have a wonderful day. Just don't be sick on chocolates!

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  5. Congrats! And might I say I love English Bloggers! The slang is just a little different, and the snark is priceless!

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  6. I'm so happy for you, Talli. And congratulations to the winners.

    I keep checking Amazon, US to order my paperbacks. They'd better get copies soon!

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  7. Congrats Talli. So excited for you. I can't wait to read it.

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  8. Wheeee! Happy publication day :) Congratulations!

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  9. Happy Book Birthday Talli!!! I'm so incredibly happy for you! I love all the fabulous giveaways that you've done for this fabulous week and love all the winnings!!! You're going to have some VERY happy people on your hands!

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  10. Happy publication day, Talli! So happy for you!! Enjoy your chocolate and your day.

    :-)

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  11. Congratulations! What a great day! I toast to you!

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  12. It sounds like you have an amazing group of truly supportive people who helped you. Congratulations on your success. You are a talented, amazing writer, and you deserve to be here today!

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  13. Congrats to the winners! And Talli, if you're still feeling "too" excited eat eight more Ferrero Rocher chocolates and call me in the morning. (Oh...maybe that's why you're hyper? Not!)

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  14. This is a great day indeed! Woohoo for you!

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  15. Congratulations Talli!

    Have fun today!

    Congrats to the winners!

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  16. Congrats, Talli!! Hope you soak up every moment of this incredible day :)

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  17. Yay Susan!!! I'm so excited for me! And all the other winners, too, of course! :)

    This is fantastic, Talli! Thank you so much!

    And I remember being your first follower (I think I even commented on it in my comment), and I remember watching your blog grow like wildfire!

    Congrats on publication day, Talli!

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  18. That is fantastic! Congratulations, drink some wine and eat some fab food!

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  19. Have a wonderful day Talli you deseve it, Best of luck with the sells.

    Yvonne.

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  20. You RAWK too, Talli.
    Ferrero Rocher = my fave.

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  21. Happy publication day, Talli! May it be full of joy and brisk sales!

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  22. Congrats Talli, well deserved!!

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  23. Happy launch day!! Sooo exciting! :) All the best to you and The Hating Game!

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  24. Yay! Good for you.

    And your other blog is defunct now? The Marsha travel writing one? Okay.

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  25. Only eight Ferrero Rocher! Well Done. The Happy Day is finally here. Sounds like you are twirling in wonderfulness of it all. Well deserved. Will be popping around to see what you are up to. YAY...

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  26. Congrats to you, Talli...and to all the winners. I have to say, I am really enjoying The Hating Game!

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  27. Hi Talli .. by now you must have eaten 108 Ferrero Rocher chocs .. no wonder Joh Lewis profits are up!!

    Happy day .. I'm going to enter to win a copy - if not I shall be buying one forthwith ..

    Congratulations - wonderful news .. the shops full of The Hating Game .. cheers Hilary

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  28. Hi Talli .. by now you must have eaten 108 Ferrero Rocher chocs .. no wonder Joh Lewis profits are up!!

    Happy day .. I'm going to enter to win a copy - if not I shall be buying one forthwith ..

    Congratulations - wonderful news .. the shops full of The Hating Game .. cheers Hilary

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  29. Best wishes today to you and The Hating Game, enjoy every minute of this exciting time :)

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  30. Congratulations! Whooooo! Doing a happy dance here!

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  31. Congrats! And great speech. I'll make sure I check out the other blogs.

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  32. Congratulations winners. Wonderful prizes. Talli you have done a wonderful job and this is great! I am so happy for you. I look forward to it. Yea for The Hating Game!

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  33. I love Ferrero Rocher chocolates!!! Good celebration choice!

    Congratulations, Talli! I'm heading on over to all those blogs you're at today!

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  34. Congratulations! You should celebrate, because you deserve it.

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  35. Beautiful Oscar speech Tali!!! ANd CONGRATS!!!!

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  36. HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!! Congratulations on all you've accomplished so far! Love the Oscar speech.

    Next time I'm in town, I am going to scour the shops for The Hating Game and send you photos :-)

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  37. Oh fantastic Talli - it's here, it's here! *stands on box and sings Oh Happy Day!*

    You are very inspiring, and it's so lovely to know you now, at the start of your career, as I just know you will soar and soar. Well done for all the hard work so far... and keep those books coming!

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  38. yay! Thanks! Awesome. And congrats again talli! You sure deserve every wonderful thing that happens to you! xoxo

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  39. Congratulations, Talli! Hope you have some nice champagne.

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  40. Congrats! You must be so proud. Don't forget to thank yourself for persevering!

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  41. YAYAYAYA! Congrats!
    Also, i LOVE Rochers!

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  42. WOOOO! Thank you so much, everyone! I'm sorry I didn't pop by sooner to say thank you; I GOT LOCKED OUT OF MY FLAT! WITHOUT MY MOBILE! Oh yes, you can imagine the chaos that ensued. :)

    I did manage to get cupcakes and champers, though.

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  43. WOOOOOT! I won a book!!!! Oh, and you have one OUT TODAY!!!
    So, so many congrats, really happy for you.... off to Amazon now... um... but can I donate my winning copy of Ali's book to another person as I already read it - and loved it, obvs! xxx

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  44. And ive just ordered it from Amazon :):):)!!! xx

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  45. Happy Publication Day. I loved The Hating Game. x

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  46. Finally the big day is here. Enjoy every moment of it! You deserve it.

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  47. True celebration time.
    I can't imagine how you must feel right now. It's such a good book idea. I can't wait to read it.
    Nahno ∗ McLein

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  48. Woo! Fabulous, I feel your joy (wipes tear away also)x

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  49. Congratulations Talli, hope those copies fly off the shelves - race you to the bestseller lists in November :o) x

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  50. Congrats to Susan Fields for winning a copy of your book!

    Only 8 chocolates in less than a minute? :)

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  51. Congrats Talli!
    8 Ferrero Rocher chocolates in one minute? Legend.

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  52. Yaaaaay, this is so great! Love the speech. :) Happy Wednesday, and enjoy those chocolates!

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  53. Congrats girl! You can never get enough Ferro Rocher in any form!

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  54. You're welcome dear. ;) Excellent speach! Enjoy this moment you have more than earned it!

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  55. Great speech
    Great book
    Whoo Whoo.....
    congrats Talli!

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  56. I'm sure you've had a great day. Congrats to both you and the winners!

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  57. Oh my gosh Talli!! Thank you so much!! Super sweet speech. I love reading all about your adventures in writing and life!!

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  58. CONGRATULATIONS YOU ADORABLE WOMAN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now go and have some more chocolate and wine cos you deserve these and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well done you!! Yay!!!! Take care
    x

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  59. Woo-hoo!

    Congratulations...and congratulations...and congratulations!!!

    That's way exciting...and deserves an additional CONGRATS!

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  60. this is all super-fantastic! BIG Congrats to you--have a lovely day~ :o) <3

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  61. Hooray! What I love about you is you go on to say thank you to the people who helped you. I wish you much success!

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  62. Congrats again! Love the speech :)

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  63. Congratulations! Your baby is out in the world!!

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  64. Congratulations!!! I hope you're celebrating! Can't wait to read The Hating Game!

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  65. Your Oscar speech is up there with Colin Firth's. Congratulations!

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  66. Congrats again and happy publication day!!!!! Can you hurry up and get the next one finished please?!

    Congratulations to Jessica Ball, I do hope you enjoy reading Without Alice. I am looking ofrward to your feedback.

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  67. Gah! Typos....should know better than to try and type before I have finished my third cup of tea!

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  68. Congratulations Talli and all the best!

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  69. I think it is so totally wonderful! I mean that with all sincerity...My pre-ordered copy should be here any day now and so I know what I'll be doing :)

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  70. Aw, great speech, snark sister! You deserve all the success in the world. You must be the hardest working author in the biz. =)

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  71. Very exciting, but I do think you should have shared those chocolates with us :)

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  72. Congrats!!! I'm going to pick up a copy. It sounds like a great read :)

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  73. *throws glitter bomb*

    Congrats, Talli! You are doing an amazing job!

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  74. Congrats! And I wish you all the best!

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  75. OOh congratulations on print publication--isn't it a lovely feeling to hold the book in your hands? And--

    Hold on a minute. Did I WIN something??

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  76. Lovely speech! :) Congrats! And congrats to the book winners, too!

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  77. Omg, congratulations! Sounds really exciting!

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  78. Great job, Talli! Wishing you humongous success!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  79. Congrats and much continued success. Someday I'll get across the pond and you can show me your favorite cupcake bar.

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  80. Talli, congratulations! It's been fun watching your awesome ride. And you give a darn good oscar speech.

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  81. Talli... Congratulations!!! I'm so sorry I'm late... but I'm so happy for you! :) Trust me.. this is only the beginning, there's lots more amazing to come!

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Coffee and wine for all!