It's a weird thing, after a lifetime of generating hype for other people's products - triggering, so I've been told by PR friends, tens of thousands of pounds worth of sales for everything from cashmere sweaters and wrinkle creams to handbags and hotel rooms over the years - to suddenly be hyping my own.
Tout Sweet:Hanging Up My High Heels For A New Life in Rural France is published in the UK tomorrow. It's the story of what came before my blog and why I decided to decamp to the land of the long lunch. Last week it reached the dizzying heights of No26 of Amazon's travel bestsellers and No 2,206 on the overall sales list, following an article entitled 'Love, Lipstick & Line Dancing' in The French Paper (a very slick, recently launched newspaper covering the whole of France.)
Apparently, these figures don't really mean anything as just a couple of sales can skew or ramp up your listing enormously. But I woke up this morning to a lovely email and the thrilling news that the book has been selected as a 'staff recommendation' by my favourite branch of Waterstones - an enormous boost as means it will be displayed at the front of the shop. I've been asked to drop in when I'm next in London (this Wednesday and Thursday) to sign a few copies. Woo-hoo!