Does that put you on the same level as Danielle Steele? asked my Mum.
Er, yes. Let’s say it does. Why not?
I mean technically we are both best selling authors.
Yes, you heard that right - I’m a bestselling author.
And even though I’ve got a way to go before I’m properly churning out ready-for-Tesco romance, I’m pretty chuffed.
This is the news that The Art of the Click has crept its way up the charts enough for me to receive the prestigious ‘Best Seller’ badge from Amazon.
Here you can see it in all its glory:
I celebrated for a moment, as it’s pretty nice to know that people are buying the book, then I went back to worrying about life as usual.
It’s nice to get the badge - even for a short time - but more important is that people seem to be enjoying the book. There are lots of five-start reviews and I’ve received many kind emails from people saying how much they enjoyed reading.
Getting such positive feedback from people is without doubt the best thing about having a book published.
You might be pleased to know I’ve started the very early stages of work on book number two. More on that as it develops.
But in the meantime, there’s still more exciting news for my pal ‘Clicky’ too…
Following my All Good Copy website being nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2019…
Now The Art of the Click has been nominated in the Business Book Awards 2019.
Not sure if it stands any chance of getting to the shortlist, but it’s nice to be involved in these things.
Having been a judge at this year’s DMA Awards, I’ve enjoyed seeing such events in a more positive light.
Yes, sometimes they can get a bit marketing-y and all that, but seeing it from the other side, it’s refreshing when you see how much work goes in and how much genuine appreciation and discussion there is.
Indeed, I look forward to seeing how my book gets on.
The Business Book Awards is a closed voting thing...
But I believe the voting for The UK Blog Awards is still open and you can vote my website here.
London, Edinburgh and…Grimsby
Another lovely thing about being an author is getting invited to speak at events.
The talks I’ve done so far have been great and – despite the huge personal anxiety I had about public speaking – I seem to have got it sorted and actually enjoy it now.
Some people even say I’m funny.
Believe me - I’m as shocked as anyone.
Of course, it’s good news I’ve figured out how to do it, as I’m booked to speak at some pretty major events in 2019.
First up, I’m pleased to be doing another talk locally for the folks at The Business Hive.
This is all about helping local businesses in the area and it’s great to be a part of what the guys are doing here.
It’s in January and the details are here.
After that, I’m up to Edinburgh in February to speak again for The DMA.
It’s for their excellent Copywriting Club events and, after the success of my talk in Bristol, I can’t wait to visit Edinburgh.
Details of that are here.
Third on the ‘confirmed’ pile is my appearance at 2019’s Copywriting Conference in London, organised by the folks at ProCopywriters.
Having attended this event myself a few times and seen some of my favourite speakers, it’s an absolute pleasure to be on the bill myself this year.
And it’s at the bloody Barbican, which is going to sound right proper when I casually drop it in at a dinner party.
You can find details here.
There’s some other speaking gigs in the pipe, but do get in touch if you’d like me to come and talk copy.
Or perhaps live isn’t your thing and you prefer a podcast?
In which case…
First up, other people’s things, because it’s good to share…
The lovely Laura Parker was kind enough to invite me as the first guest to feature on her new website.
We had a lovely chat and I put together a few written Qs to read too.
Second, a lovely chap called Martin Bamford also invited me on his podcast, which is aimed at Financial Planning professionals.
It was a good chat and I thanks to some focused questions, I didn’t ramble too much.
Drum roll please…
I’ve finally got around to launching my own official podcast.
The All Good Copy Podcast
Available on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud, The All Good Copy Podcast is essentially a way for me to keep all my interviews in one place and not leave them around the Internet like Pablo leaves half-chewed knickers around our house.
I’ll be doing it in series and series one features 10 interviews with some amazing guests - including Brian Kurtz, Jo Duncan and Vikki Ross.
Episode one is with the author of Copywriting Made Simple, Tom Albrighton, and has been received very well.
The podcast also features some random chat from me and some even more random music by me – oh, and the odd bit of Pablo in the background.
Links here for your preferred channel:
Please do subscribe so you’re alerted when I post new episodes and please do share it around on social media if you’re able - the more people who hear it, the more I can do.
Pablo the dog
For many, I realise Pablo is the main draw of this little show and I can tell you he’s well.
Now he’s a year old he’s getting more independent and enjoys hunting squirrels – or squizzers as we call them – in the woods.
His favourite food is popcorn chicken from KFC, though he’s only allowed it very rarely.
He’s currently reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, as he saw it on the shelf in my office and said he fancied it. We’ll see what he thinks of that.
For Christmas, he’s asked for Being and Nothingness by Jean Paul Satré and a black roll neck jumper. He says he’s thinking about getting into existentialism.
If you don’t know who Pablo is and this all sounds mad – follow me on Instagram here and you’ll get the drift.
I think that’s enough of an update for now, but I will just mention the competition I’m running up to the 28th December.
Of course, I know you’ve already bought the book…
But if you did happen to want to win a free copy to give to a friend, you could enter the competition I’m running, where I’m giving away five signed copies.
To enter on Twitter – go here.
Or else you can find the post on my LinkedIn or Facebook.
There’s probably a load of stuff I’m forgetting, but there’s only so much Glenn Fisher you can handle in one go.
So, I’ll say goodbye for now and wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Speak again soon...