I MET THE PUBLIC

And they were all incredibly supportive.

Taking part in your first ever signing event is not a small issue. I’ve been to many an event where I’ve perused line after line of traders who’ve had all manner of different things to sell. Books and figurines, posters and autographs, DVD’s and costumes all vie for attention as you make your up and down the lines of sellers. There’s so much choice amongst all of the offerings that it can get a little overwhelming.

My first attempt at the other side of the desk came at a much smaller venue than the giant Comic Con style affairs. Yvonne Perry and the team at Resolve Holistic Therapy Centre let me take over a corner of their reception area to sell signed copies of my book The Circle of Fire. I’ve been attending the centre myself over the years for various treatments and Yvonne had been pestering me to finally get the book finished so she could read it.

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Resolve Holistic Therapy Centre          The Team : Nicola, Maisie-Jayne,                                                                              Michaela and Yvonne

Thank God she liked it after the wait!!

From there she became my greatest advocate. She’d regale me with tales of her telling her other clients about the book and was encouraging her friends that may enjoy it that it was worth a go. It was also her idea to do the signing after feedback she was receiving.

So the event took place and thanks to the efforts of all at Resolve, I was able to reach out and touch the public, spreading the word of what I have to say and signing copies of the book. We all had a blast, chatting about the motivation for the book, the reasons I set the story where I did and what I’ve got planned for future books. There was a steady line of clients coming into the centre during the day and I was able to sell a healthy chunk of my books.

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Me getting nervous                              Giving my first autograph

They even created a special piece of nail art for the day which looks just amazing.

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I really enjoyed the chance to speak to people about all manner of things and that feeling of connection was just wonderful. Writing tends to be a very singular hobby so any way to maintain the human connection is a huge plus.

All in all it was better than I could have ever expected..

Book sales, both paperback and on kindle, the possible chance to speak at some local groups about the book and writing in general and eleven new people welcomed to the Facebook page.

A very good day.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping me step out into the world.

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A happy reader                                        A very happy reader !

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AFTER BOOK

For the entirety of my time writing The Circle of Fire, all I could think of was the writing. The story was all that I ever saw. There wasn’t anything else involved.

All I had was the desire to finish my story. For the vast majority of the time, I didn’t even consider the reality of actually getting the story published. I was just plonking along writing my book because it was the story I’d wanted to read.

It was a very long time after I started work that I pitched up on Facebook with my author page, then Twitter for the same and then on here.

I’d wanted  to read  the story I was writing, no one else had written it yet, but the thought that others would as well didn’t come straight away and the idea that others could want to read anything else I had to say was much the same.

So I used the interweb as a method of communication with the rest of the planet but now I’m having to delve into the horrors of the real.

In the real world I’ve had to discover that there’s even more. I’ve had my very own business cards printed and I’ve ordered all of the books ready for the excitement of this weekend..

I have my very own signing event organised for this coming Saturday and I’m more than a little apprehensive. Meeting with the public and talking with them face to face. Sharing thoughts and ideas.

Next weekend I take my very first faltering step into the wider world of being an author. A world that is so much more than just me sat at my keyboard.

If you’re in the area, come on down. The more the merrier.

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