And I really never expected it to hit right when my debut novel was about to be released.
For the past couple of months, I've been working with my publisher to set up book launches at Eastercon and Waterstones in Cambridge in April, and to plan a big party for myself in May. This week, however, my university has closed and I've been part of the countrywide (worldwide!) rush to move in-person teaching to online learning; we've been making sure we have enough food in the cupboard "just in case" and contacting family to see how everyone is doing and if they need anything; and I've watched as those launches have gone the way of the dodo, maybe to return in an altered way in the summer. Maybe.
So how do you launch a book when no one is going out? You go online, along with everything else. The publisher's lovely PR person is setting up a Reddit AMA, I'm planning a Twitter "launch". and am part of an online literary festival.
Details to come!