A round-up of my most memorable moments at the London Book Fair
A few days ago I wrote a post about my biggest news from last week’s London Book Fair – the launch of my latest book, co-authored with the writer, poet and indie author community builder Dan Holloway as part of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ Open Up to Indies campaign. I’m sure Dan will agree with me how rewarding it was to have self-publishing phenomenon Hugh Howey come up at the end of our launch speeches to shake us by the hand and declare “That was the best talk I’m going to hear all year!” (And it’s still only April!)
But there were also lots of other fun moments, some captured on camera, others stored only in my unreliable memory, so I’ll reel them off here for posterity.
- Meeting other self-published authors for the first time, having befriended them online, and feeling as if they were already old chums
- First face-to-face encounter with – can you believe this? – my co-author Dan Holloway! Bumping into him in an aisle, I received an immediate bear hug. Well, we are both very easy to recognise from our mug shots!
- Catching up again with authors that I had met before and getting to know them better than ever.
- At the book launch, spotting other authors who I knew were there because I’d persuaded them to join ALLi, and seeing how much fun they were having. No regrets there!
- Serendipities such as the lady who started talking to me in the queue for the Ladies, her opening gambit: “Oh at last, another author! I’m so pleased to meet you!” – and then taking her along to our book launch, where she was bowled over. “ALLi’s just like a big family!” she said. “I want to join!”
- Catching snippets of Orna Ross’s talks in the Author HQ (I made a conscious decision not to go to any seminars in full – I just wanted to use the time to network) and thinking “I’m in her gang! I’m in ALLi! I’m so glad!”
- Calling by the SilverWood Books stand repeatedly in hope of a quiet chat with publishing director Helen Hart, only to find her constantly besieged by eager authors wanting to know more about her services. SilverWood’s reputation is growing by the minute, and I’m proud to be associated with them. (Helen commissioned my book promotion handbook Sell Your Books! and has also been helping me with Coming Terms with Type 1 Diabetes.)
- Joining in the celebrations at ALLi’s second birthday party in the crowded, buzzing pub, enjoying the fabulous line-up of readings and the banter between so many great characters. (And who was that guy in the huge black velvet beret, anyway?!)
- Strolling round the stands, taking in the zillions of books out there that are our competition – and realising the people who were promoting them were not having anywhere near as much fun as we were.
- Realising that really all this excitement is just the beginning of the adventure – there is so much more yet to come.
The self-publishing star is in the ascendant, and I’m glad that I’ve hitched a ride!
If you missed my post about the book launch at the London Book Fair, you can read it here:
And just two days before, I’d been having fun at the Cambridge Literary Festival – read more about that here:
No wonder I was hoarse till two days after the Fair ended…
If you were at the London Book Fair, what were your favourite moments? Do tell, via the comments form!