IT’S amazing to think that last night’s launch of The Shadow of Fear was my fifth ‘opening night’ but while that may be true it certainly didn’t mean the nerves weren’t flying!
Particularly with a two year gap since my previous book, ‘The Shift’, came out and with this ‘campaign’ opening on home soil, I think that everything seemed like it mattered a whole lot more.
Fortunately Stirling launch night couldn’t have gone any better and that was due to a variety of reasons! None the least of these the excellent interview produced by Robert Fairnie, (who I am pictured with above) from The Stirling Observer. There is no doubt Robert’s excellent range of questions gave me the framework to provide the best answers I could.
Of course as a relatively unknown author I always worry if anyone will turn up but we had 75 people inside The Stirling Smith Museum & Gallery, in fact we had to source a new set of chairs to help acccomodate everyone!
As you can see from the pic below…it was snug!!
The Stirling Smith is a super atmospheric venue and I’d just like to say a huge thanks to director Elspeth King for allowing me to book it!
With the evening sponsored by Stirling Gin my audience was suitably refreshed and WHSmith were delighted to report that 51 books had been sold, all of which really matters…believe me!
But launch night wasn’t the only important date I had this week!
On Tuesday I was in London to meet Anthony Weldon, the owner of my new publishers Benefactum and my agent Susan Mears and below you can see our meeting in the bar (where else!) of Waterstones Piccadilly went really well.
It’s vital to have a good relationship with both your publisher and your agent and I say that speaking from bitter experience!
Projecting forward, tomorrow marks my first signing on ‘The Shadow of Fear’ WHSmith Scottish signing tour which will take me to 30 stops across Scotland and span the period from now right up to Christmas.
This outing is also in my hometown WHSmith store and if you are in Stirling Thistles Centre tomorrow from 11am until 3ish then please fell free to drop by!
As they say in all the best cartoons “That’s All Folks!”
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