Bristol, Cardiff and Beyond!

Well, tomorrow I’m at Bristol, doing a reading/signing. Next weekend if Cardiff Expo, for signing, with Joanne Hall (see my calender for details on all this) And in April Joanne and I are doing a signing in Swansea Oxfam Bookshop! I have the flyers for that, so have to get on promoting, and hopefully people will show this time. It’s hard being a writer these days, having to promote. People don’t come if they don’t know you, and won’t get to know you if they don’t come. But on the advice of a friend I have rejoined Twitter, to see if that will help me get out there more, and I missed the postings of the Horrible Histories gang. This is ME on twitter, feel free to follow me. I’m still on Facebook, of course.

For my reading tomorrow i have put together an introduction, so i won’t ramble like an idiot. I will, of course, have to start thinking of something else to read for other readings, otherwise people may get bored of hearing me the same thing! I remember hearing Robin Hobb read from Shaman’s Son, in Glasgow, a few years back, and she sounded fairly bored. I didn’t much like the book anyway, but i think if even the writer sounds bored reading it, it’s not going to appeal much to new readers. The issue, of course, is what to read? Something drammatic, but not too spoilery, that doesn’t require too much introduction. Hmm.

Still, busy few months, hopefully a busy year, with lots of sales, and this book/series finished!

And training for Race for Life. Now that I have my depression under some control, I’ve signed up for the 5k Cancer Walk/Run. I did it 5 years ago, and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to that. Set myself a high target though, so if anyone out there fancies sponsoring me . . .

The internet: making connections.

I love the internet. It brings people together. It’s given me the chance to be published, to talk directly with my publisher, and then with readers, as well as to make new friends and new fans. And it gives me a chance to network, and get talked into doing readings and signings on very little notice!

As with now. It looks like I will be doing a reading, and signing, in Bristol on 23rd Feb, which is scary, but exciting too. I know that some people will be in Exeter for a convention, and i know that it is short notice, both of which suit me as it means there won’t be too many people there to see me make a fool of myself! The weekend after I will be in Cardiff, at the Comic Expo, doing signings there too. I’m excited about that. A chance to dress up, to sign books, meet people. It’s what i enjoy about writing, other than the actual writing, the chance to talk to people about it, about books, to meet people who are also passionate about it.

The reading part, well, not so much. That scares me. I worry, did i chose the right bit, am i reading too fast, am i boring people? I had 5 people at my first reading. No one brought anything after, so i worry that i chose the wrong bit, or i just have a bad book in my hands.

But, i wrote the book that i wanted to, and i love it, so that’s all that i can do really. That, and have a strong drink before hand, and plan out what I’m going to say a little better than last time.

Hope to see lots of you there :)