The official publication date for “Portraits of Pretence” is nearly upon us, and in my idle moments I have started my advance promotional push. This is not nearly as grand or as organised as it sounds, as I am only one little person (moreover with a full-time job), but I do my best.
I have written before about my love of exploiting the “hooks” in a book – although, to be honest, this has not worked terribly well for earlier books, so I am really carrying on with it because I enjoy it rather than because it brings great rewards. This time round, some of the action in “Portraits of Pretence” takes place in the vaults beneath the Pennington Street warehouse – a building that still stands in Wapping in London. It is shortly to be turned into fancy apartments and artists’ studios, and so I have contacted the developers and a chap who took some lovely photos of the place to see if they would like to read the book. I am also trying – unsuccessfully as always – to contact the most elusive man in London: the general manager of the Courthouse Hotel, which now occupies the building that was once Sam’s place of work, the Great Marlborough Street magistrates’ court. I email and leave phone messages for this chap after every book comes out, and I have yet to speak to him – but maybe it will be four times a charm.
Roy McCarthy said:
Some people are just naturally rude. See him come smarming your way if there was money in it for him. Good luck with the launch.
My husband says that some people are now so busy and so inefficient that they simply ignore emails that they are not expecting – plainly, these are not people responsible for drumming up their own business!
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