What a week Sam, Martha and I are having! This coming Friday we are talking about self-publishing at our local library, then on Saturday we’re having a Grand Day Out at a nearby village fête, and now I have just spotted that Heffers – my local university bookshop and one of the stockists of “Fatal Forgery” and “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat”- is starting to promote its summer crime fiction event. It’s called “What’s Your Poison?”, and you can read about it here – scroll down to find it, as it’s on 16 July. And – huge excitement – my name is listed first! Pure luck, but I almost missed myself because with a surname beginning with G, I’m used to being about a third of the way down any list.
I missed this prestigious event last year, as I was away on my writing retreat, but this year I have made it an absolute priority to be around. Apparently all the invited crime fictions authors are stationed around the shop, and guests are given a quiz to complete. To get the answers, they have to visit all of the authors and ask a question about each book – so I’ll be able to tell all sorts of new people (and specifically people who already like crime fiction) about Sam and his adventures.
(And, as an aside, today I was very brave and when someone asked about my books, I didn’t just tell them about them, but also fished out a business card with the link to this blog and my purchase links printed on it. It’s a bit unnaturally sales-y for me, but without the marketing might of a publishing house behind me, if I don’t blow my own trumpet, no-one will.)