Have you ever been to a book signing?
They are often held during store opening hours or in the Evenings – these tend to be called ‘Events’ rather than signings and can be a panel of Authors or just
I became aware of the Literary Lunch I went on by signing up to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter – I’d read both her first two books, which I totally enjoyed and raved about to anyone that would listen. She was on the verge of publishing her third book – Let Me Lie. It was to be held at Denman College, home of the WI, where Clare had taught Media skills (Using an Ipad, Facebook for the older generation, who don’t want to be left out
It was a lovely event, as it turned out a couple of school Mum’s were also there. The President of the WI and Clare did a Q & A Session and Clare went on to explain how she became an author, having previously been a Police Officer in Oxford, and how shes weaved it into her books – no questioning her Police Procedural. She came round to each table, I think our table had the coffee course Clare and we heard tales of how she moved to Wales, is learning Welsh, swims in the lake
I’ve since met Clare when her third book was published, again finding the information via her website, and I traveled to Chipping Norton – Half an hour the other way, towards the Cotswolds. Another town Clare lived and worked as a Police officer. She was also an influence in Started the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. At Jaffe & Neal she gave a small talk about Let Me Lie – whilst not given too much away, as it had been bought by many customers that evening.
I’ve since been to Mostly Books in Abingdon, for Crime Debut night with Olivia Kiernan – Too Close to Breathe and Karen Hamilton – The Perfect Girlfriend – They usually take questions from the audience, are willing to sign your book and have a chat about what they are writing now.
Also, Blackwell’s Books in Oxford holds evening events and where I have been to a Crime night panel event. I
How do I find out about them? I have signed up get emails and check Twitter for events, it’s usually a few pounds or free to attend, as little as £4 and its worth it, as you get to ask questions you’ve always wondered, and find out what inspired character names and how they came up with the idea for the book. I have signed up get emails and check Twitter for events, it’s usually a few pounds or free to attend, as little as £4 and its worth it, as you get to ask questions you’ve always wondered, and find out what inspired character names and how they came up with the idea for the book.
Literary Festivals are also great places to meet and find out about new authors,
My most recent event was Ruth Hogan, again at Blackwell’s in Oxford – She wrote The Room of Lost
Next on my Even list:
6th November – Ransom Riggs in London for The Map of Days signing – I am very excited about this, I adored his Miss
All very accomplished Authors – I will update my blog further after those events.