Book of Lies Launch

On Saturday I went along to the book launch for The Book of Lies by Teri Terry and then on afterwards to SCBWI drinks. Here are a few pictures from the afternoon, mostly taken by and thanks to Candy Gourlay and Heather Kilgour!

Here’s the blurb for the book, which sounds suitably gothic!

They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then – feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes – and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She’s coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return. 
And the ground will run with blood.

It’s a beautifully designed book too and I’m looking forward to reading it. You can find out more about about The Book of Lies here, at Teri Terry’s website.

Batnon and Robin’s Guide to Author Events

On Monday night I went to a great event for soon to be published authors organised by Non Pratt, author of Trouble and Remix, and Robin Stevens, Author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Series (AKA Batnon and Robin – which are their secret superhero identities).

This is the second of their events I’ve been to. The first, last year, was all about what to expect as a debut author, which was a fantastic overview of the publishing process, especially for someone like me, who up until very recently knew nothing about the world of publishing!

This new session, however, was the HOW TO OF AUTHOR EVENTS, and Non and Robin cover a lot of topics, including:

  • What you might include in setting up your author events info.
  • Who and where your bookings might come from.
  • How to pitch your event to schools, festivals and librarians.
  • Varying the format of your talk for different sessions and audiences.
  • Chunking your talk so that it’s easy to get through and scalable in length.
  • Planning workshop events that teach writing, rather than just selling your book.

They also discussed how to set out your costs and rates with event organisers, what events you should charge for, how to plan and think about your expenses, and what, if any, events you might consider doing as freebies.

Finally they both demo-d short extracts of their own events for us, and stressed how you needed A LOT of audience participation to make your talk interesting to kids. Altogether it was a fun evening with plenty of laughs and knowledge along the way.

Both Non and Robin have new books coming out this year. And if you want to find out more about their author events for those, or any upcoming #BatnonandRobin events, you can find them on twitter here:




Crush Book launch


I had a fun time at the launch of Eve Ainsworth second YA Book, CRUSH last Wednesday at Daunt books Cheapside, so much so that I only managed to get one photo, of Eve cutting the amazing cake. The book is about a toxic teenage relationship. This is the blurb from goodreads:

Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.

Sounds great, and the cover is VERY striking. I’m looking forward to reading it.