Normally around publication day, I’d be on my book tour, with a heavy press schedule, catching up with my editor and agent, probably with a celebratory glass of something cold and fizzy up the Shard in London. It’s fair to say, this isn’t a normal publication day and it’s had me thinking about how to celebrate in these unprecedented times.
Instead of the hustle and bustle of the big city, I’m embracing the slower pace and seeking joy in the little things. I’m really enjoying this rare opportunity to celebrate as a family properly. Although my family usually come to my launches (see above!) I rarely get the chance to spend any time with them, and as I head off on tour immediately after my local launch, it can be a little stressful.
This week I'll be celebrating remotely. I might not have a TV studio to do my hair and make-up, but I'll still get dressed up and put on some lippy: a refreshing change from the comfy pants that have become my lockdown uniform.
The Shard will instead be a family-cooked feast. We’ll lay the table with “the good plates”, light the outdoor fireplace and enjoy some precious time together without a suitcase waiting in the hall.
Instead of press photos and radio appearances, I’ll take to the phone and Zoom to catch up with my wonderful team who have helped make this launch possible. My interviews - and even my events - are all arranged via video-conferencing, which means no trains to catch or flights to miss.
Most of all I’ll be taking photos, and lots of them. It might not be a publication with the normal pomp and circumstance, but that in itself makes it extra special.
Have you had a celebration during lockdown? A birthday, a graduation, a book launch? I'd love to hear the creative ways you've found to make it a special event.