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Natalie C Page

Author of YA, MG and Children's fiction

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May 2016

It’s almost time…

Somewhere between 18 months and two years ago, Chris and I started on a journey to create a book that we hoped would be something special.

Inspired by some of Chris’ original paintings, I wrote a story that I thought might have series potential. Since we made the decision to create the book together, it has been an incredible ride, and a lot of hard work.

We have had amazing support from friends, family and even people who up until recently had never heard of me! Now, we are less than 48 hours away from our book being available for all to see and it is still the most exhilarating and terrifying thing I have ever done.

Whilst the book was in production we took the decision to have some dolls created, both the prototype and the actual dolls have done a fair bit of travelling in the last few months – and have even met some very famous faces! Thank you to The Vamps, Scott Findlay, the gorgeous Eline Powell and numerous others who have been willing to be part of our journey.

Tuesday will not only see the launch of the book, it will also mark the launch of the Thunderclap campaign, and the start of our blog tour. Please be sure to check out these wonderful blogs over the coming week for exclusive competitions, Q&A’s, reviews and guest posts.

Now to some exciting news that I wanted to share, on Friday we got our first review! Thank you Mummy Pages for such a lovely article!

http://www.mummypages.co.uk/zak-and-jens-astronomical-adventures-the-petal-planet

Finally, please allow me to share some of the wonderful pictures from our journey.  Thank you all, we are extremely grateful for your support. x

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Musings and a Thunderclap

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It’s been a tough few months with a lot of ups and downs. In the last couple of weeks, I have launched the pre-order link for my debut children’s book and also said goodbye to my wonderful grandfather. Both of these things have triggered a wave of complex emotions that even now, I am still trying to figure out.

My grandfather’s passing reminded me of the fragility of life, and how we only get one chance to try and do the things we want to do, achieve the things we want to achieve. I wrote a eulogy for the funeral, and as I was describing all the memories and stories about his exciting life in Sri Lanka and the merchant navy, I realised, he had lived his life to the full.

When the link for my book went live, I told several of my friends and family that I was absolutely terrified. This was because it meant that for the first time, I was putting my work out there, to be judged by others. After writing my grandfather’s eulogy it occurred to me, that if I truly wanted to live my life and achieve something I had always dreamed of, the risk of being judged was simply one I had to take.

The launch of the book is only a few weeks away, and whilst I still get a horrendous twisting sensation in my stomach when I think of launch day, I comfort myself with the fact that this will be the realization of a dream. This is something I have sat and imagined ever since I was six years old.  There will be people that hate the book, that criticize my work and my ability to write. However I have promised myself that I will not focus on the negativity, not torture myself by reading bad reviews.

I am lucky that during the process of writing the book I have had some wonderful friends and family who have read the story for me, provided suggestions and even tested it on their children. You guys, I cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement. There is an acknowledgement to you in the book, however I did not have space for everyone’s names, so I would like to publicly thank the following for seeing me through this process.

My husband Kaal. Being married to a writer takes love and patience, thank you for putting up with my endless analysis of plots, word choice, picture choice and everything else I have bored you with over the last year – your support means everything. xx

My Mum, Dad and sister – you guys have read several versions of this story and provided continuous feedback and support. Thank you for putting up with my insecurity! xx

My girls – Emma, Amy, Laurie, Cassie, Victoria, Caitlin, you guys in particular have been so great reviewing things and giving me your feedback – I am so grateful! xx

So what’s next? Well, like any good PR person I have been exploring ways to get news of the book launch out there to the masses, which is why Chris and I have set up a Thunderclap campaign.

This involves getting 100 people to sign up using either Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and agreeing that at 12pm BST on 31st May they will allow Thunderclap to post a pre-written message about the launch of our book on their page.

The idea is that the more people who are talking about the book  on the same day at the same time, the bigger the social media splash on launch day.

Therefore, this is a direct request to please sign up to our campaign and donate a tweet / your Facebook status on launch day. Without a minimum of 100 supporters we cannot launch the campaign at all!

Please follow the link below to sign up! 

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/41343-zak-and-jen-hit-the-shelves 

And if you would like to pre-order a copy of the book, it is now available on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zak-Jens-Astronomical-Adventures-Planet/dp/1786126192/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462525810&sr=8-1&keywords=Zak+and+Jen%27s

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