Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Trip to London



I went down to London last week for the first time in several years. There was a Demystifying Digital event on at my publisher’s impressive new offices near London Bridge.

What a fantastic day out. The function, organised by the Avon team and featuring an array of knowledgeable HarperCollins staff, was really informative. I learned all sorts of useful information about publishing and promoting a novel in the digital age, so a big thank-you to everyone involved.

Here’s me (centre) enjoying a drink after the event with fellow Avon author Tim Lebbon and Sam Missingham, head of audience development at HarperCollins UK. Thanks to Avon author Michele Gorman for the photo.
Of course it was also rather special to visit the HarperCollins HQ for the first time. I was whisked 17 floors up from the Thames and then, against a panoramic backdrop of the capital, got to meet face to face all the lovely people who’ll be helping me bring my debut novel to life early next year. 

And I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with so many other authors before. What a wealth of experience to draw upon for a first-timer like myself. 

The whole thing was superb and I still haven’t quite got my breath back. It’s made me more excited than ever about publication day. Roll on next March.

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