Susan Grossey

And then there were six

A little while ago I mentioned that I was taking part in a “Meet the Authors” event at our local library.  Well, it happened last Saturday, and it was certainly an interesting experience!  I sat right near the library entrance, which meant that I became very adept at directing people to the registration desk, the children’s section and the loos – but also meant that nearly everyone who came in at least glanced at “Fatal Forgery” (which, as you know, has a terrifically strong cover).

Several people did stop to talk – a common interest is the history of policing and justice – and in the end I sold six books, which was about five more than I had expected.  The local press turned up to cover the event, and a little story about us appeared in the paper on Monday (I’m second from the right).  I haven’t seen an uptick in sales, I have to say, but slowly, slowly…

As for the bookmarks, they were very popular – although I took the precaution of only putting out a few at a time.  Three people took them as specific reminders – e.g. “My dad loves books about historical crime – I’ll give this to him” – so they might yet turn into sales.  Another of the authors was giving out toffees, which I thought was a clever way to get people to go to her table – until someone bit into one and lost part of her tooth!


  1. Roy McCarthy Avatar
    Roy McCarthy

    Must look into the bookmark thing. Last time I left it too late. Here in Jersey a Writers’ Group has sprung up but the average age is about 75. We need young, fresh writers so it’s nice to see young Saffra in your group.

  2. ihatemoneylaundering Avatar

    Dear Roy
    The bookmarks are worth a go – you never know! They might become cult collectors’ items in their own right!
    And yes, our local writers’ groups tend to be grey as well – I guess it’s a time issue. One of the six authors at “my” event had spent a dedicated ten years (!) researching and writing her book.
    Best wishes from Susan

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