This is Sue’s take on the book launch – she obviously felt more nervous than she looked. I think I learned three things:
1. Take plenty of biros to sign books – we only had one or two between the lot of us.
2. The audience wants to know about the scope of the story and especially about the writing journey.
3. Relax and enjoy it, the hard work is over.
I’ve sat in the audience for author events before, listening to someone rad their words aloud. I’ve also organised author events – I have been that person who takes your picture with the writer you admire, who always carries Sharpies, who makes small talk while they sign stock copies. But this week were my first events from the other side – from the side of the author.
There’s something gratifying about being recognised as you walk into the venue for your first author event. “Hi Sue! Glad you could make it!” said the voice. It was actually the publisher and editor, Iain Grant, talking, but for a man who met for about an hour two years ago this isn’t bad.
The authors for tonight’s event meet in the coffee shop, they are relaxed and poised about reading…
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