Saturday, 12 July 2008

Catch a Falling Star in at No. 1 on YWO!

I posted the first 9,000 words of my new novel, Catch a Falling Star, on Youwriteon on 3rd July 2008. Yesterday it received its fifth review, making it eligible for the charts. I was delighted to find today that it has gone straight in at number one!

Lorraine, herself no slouch at getting into the Top Ten (she's there as I write) concluded her review of my extract;

'I sometimes say I would read on, this is one of those rare moments when I’m really pissed that I can’t. Had this been a book instead of an extract I would now be curled up on the sofa, ignoring the world, because I want to find out what happens next. If the rest of the book is of the same standard I wouldn’t be able to put it down.'

The book is a mystery/thriller, told in the first person. Now I just have to write the rest of it...


  1. Nice one, Lexi. Looks like you've got off to a fantastic start. Keep it up!


  2. Thanks for the encouraging words.

    I've written 11.25% of the novel; a mere 88.75% to go!

  3. Ignore the numbers, I beg of you. Just get the story out. It is there, in the dark, waiting for you to bring it to the light of day.

  4. It's not Zaphod on the cover, Norm, just a rather splendid Ayres from my collection of rocking horse pictures.

    Alan, thanks for your poetic and encouraging advice. I shall copy it to the top of my CaFS notes.

  5. Fabulous news - well done, you!


  6. Thanks Anne - but I've just got an enthusiastic review (quote: I've not reviewed many books on here yet, but I must say this is the best written one I've come across) with newbie marks, and I'm now down to number nine...

  7. I was wondering about that.get some more reviews and you'll be OK.

  8. Thanks, HJ. We're all labouring under the same conditions, so it should even out.

    In a way it's not good to go in at number one, as there's only one way to go from there!

  9. Just keep the story going forward.

    That will make you a winner no matter what happens on YWO.

  10. Thanks, Alan; your encouraging remarks are, well, encouraging!

  11. Hi Lexi, I've just followed your blog link from YWO and discovered you haven't yet finished the book I want to read! What are you doing using up precious words on your blog? Please, get writing and send me the first draft.


  12. Lorraine, I've written 13,482 words thus far, and twenty pages of notes. At the rate I've been going, the first draft should be ready in six months - but I'm easily confused by other people's whodunit plots, so goodness knows the problems I'll have with mine.

    And there's the day job, too.

    I will certainly send it to you when it's done.

  13. Listen to Lorraine. She's a smart lady.