Hello, you lovely lot!
The fourth instalment of the DCI Ryan series – entitled ‘Angel’ – is coming along very nicely, but I’m going to have to take a break from my desk this week. That’s because I’ll be hopping, skipping and jumping from Bath to Newcastle, then back down to London again where I’ll be attending the London Book Fair at Kensington Olympia.
For those of you who are also planning to attend, I’ll be there on Thursday 14th April loitering around the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing stand (1F60, but don’t ask me where the devil that is…) chatting about self publishing, writing, reading,
the new series of GOT and anything else which you might care to ask. I’ll also be chatting about my experience self-publishing through KDP at a panel at the ‘Author HQ’* from 10:45 – 11:30 alongside some other lovely KDP authors (Rachel Abbott, Keith Houghton and Mark Dawson). I know there are some other great authors sitting on similar panels on Tuesday and Wednesday – like the lovely Mel Sherratt and Nick Spalding (I think), so if you can only make one day at the Fair, don’t hesitate to pop along and listen in.
*Once again, do not ask me where this is located. I have a dubious sense of direction at the best of times and fully expect to commandeer the services of some helpful soul or another to guide me away from the coffee stand.
As this will be my first time at the Fair, I don’t have any idea what to expect, although I hope that it does not in any way resemble the National Wedding Fair for obvious reasons (Swarovski crystals, anyone?!). Crystals and cakes aside, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a great experience, if only to catch up with some fellow authors and meet any budding writers out there. Writing is a great job and it’s no effort at all to expound its virtues.
That said, I should issue the following disclaimers (Amazon people look away now):-
- Introverts, when cornered into scenarios where chatting and socialising are involved, tend to get either obnoxiously gobby or very, very quiet. I’ll try to strike a balance, but frankly I can make no promises that I won’t start babbling like a lunatic. Just lead me to the coffee stand, where I will fortify myself with caffeine before returning to normality.
- I have a terrible, terrible memory for faces. And names. And titles of books that people have written. I’ll do my best, but don’t be offended if I seem to be sporting a constipated and/or glazed expression on my face as I try to remember where we have met before. Feel free to tell me I’m a muppet and remind me. Take comfort from the fact that I frequently forget pertinent details about my own life, such as where I left the television remote (it was in the fridge, in case you’re interested). Sleep deprived amnesia is one of the less attractive side effects of being a first-time parent but, once again, just lead me back to the coffee stand and all will be right again in the world.
- Acronyms. There seems to be an abundance of them in every industry and there’s a lot of them in the world of publishing, too. Here’s the thing – I don’t do them. It’s not deliberate, I’m not trying to make a stand against New Age office lingo, I just forget the bloody things. ARC? POV? Speak English!
It goes without saying that if there are any readers who can’t make it to the London Book Fair but would like to ask a question, feel free to drop me a line, I always love to hear from you.
I shall write again in a few days and regale you all with the story of how I was air-lifted out of the event after shooting a distress flare and of how the coffee stand ran out of coffee for the first time in living memory.
Tune in next time… 😉