So amazing how much attention you've gained in such a short time. I bet you're very excited.
I am very excited. I'm also slightly exhausted around the edges - it's been a lot of work. Actually, I'm editing while waiting for a newspaper to phone me about a signing session in a couple of weeks, and another one to post up a nice write up they did this week, which all feels slightly surreal. The market for sci fi in Northern Ireland isn't huge, and there aren't that many writing it, so to get into something like Culture NI is really good, especially since I'm also stocked in a few local bookshops (and selling, apparently - one emailed me this morning with an update on that.)
But I'm also lucky, and I know it. I have a skills bent that allows me to chat and get out and meet people and generally do okay - which is mostly because I've worked in customer-facing roles for years. I think it is something that, if a writer feels able to do it, they should try. Because word of mouth is, as Teresa advises regularly, key, especially for a first book.