… and counting. But somehow I’m going to have to get through August first, which is going to be the tricky bit. So I’m going to apologise in advance to anyone who finds me in a more than usually twitchy mood over the next few weeks. Still, it’s not as if there isn’t plenty to be getting on with, because this is where the guerilla marketing has to kick into gear.

First of all, those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or are friends with me on Facebook will know that I put the call out earlier on this week for volunteers to host me or my alter ego (or indeed both) during Mrs Darcy’s World Blog Tour in September. The response was magnificent and the programme is shaping up very nicely indeed. However, there are a few slots left, so if anyone fancies joining in the fun, either leave a comment or drop me a line on the e-mail address to your left. The format is entirely up to you – the more unusual the better, because that way we won’t have 30 versions of the same interview, one after the other.

Secondly, I’ve been adding a few more entries to Wickhampedia lately, including one on Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens itself, a rather unpleasant one on Regency food and one on Jane Austen’s favourite cover artist. Just a few more and then I think it will be time to really start spreading the word about it.

Finally, somewhat unexpectedly, Mrs Darcy has been nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Now wouldn’t that be a coup, eh?