I was down on the south coast of England last Saturday in the beautiful seaside town of Lyme Regis for the launch event for my new book The Pick-Up Artist. Which you can see on Amazon in the UK here. And Amazon in the USA here.
I’ve not been doing this published author lark so very long and The Pick-Up Artist is only my second book out, but already I’ve weathered some awkward episodes at public appearances – empty rooms, restless crowds, you know the sort of thing. I tend to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
So you can imagine my delight, gentle reader, when the launch for my new book turned out to be such a splendid, feel good occasion. It was like I had died and gone to author heaven.
The event, organised by my publisher Magic Oxygen, included not just my book launch but those of another half a dozen newly published tomes from Magic Oxygen. Plus it was the prize giving for the inaugural Magic Oxygen Literary Prize – a short story and poetry contest, which I had the pleasure of helping to judge.
What this meant was that there were plenty of people in the room, and all of them book lovers. It couldn’t go wrong really, and it didn’t. The event was held in a large airy hall in a building called The Hub which usually serves as Lyme’s youth centre.
It was a thrill to chat to so many fellow readers and writers. I had my whole family with me as they decided to come along for the trip. My wife, both teenagers, even Murphy the cockerpoo, who was reasonably well-behaved by his standards – though he did make sure to pee on the floor as an opening shot.
The whole thing was a bit of a through the looking-glass experience for my kids I think. Dad doing undadlike things, such as signing books for people. It was clearly baffling for them. I told them if they want me to sign anything for them they only have to ask.
They spent most of the afternoon under-whelmed of course, which is the natural state of the teenager, but, after the fifth or sixth visitor to my signing table had told me they knew me through social media, my older son allowed grudgingly: “You might not be actually famous, but you are Twitter famous.”
I had public speaking to do from the stage, which caught me by surprise, but that was probably a good thing as I had no chance to worry about it in advance. It went okay I think. I’d been talking about my book and writing for an hour or two by that stage, to friends old and new who stopped by my table for a chat. So I just ambled up on stage and did a little more of that.
It was a thrill to be able to see my new book in the hands of readers for the first time. If you want to be one of the first people in the world to read my book – then why not order it today. I can promise you cheek, light-hearted fun and maybe a few dark moments – because this is real life we are talking about after all.
If you wish to take a look at the book on Amazon, and who knows, become one of the very first people in the world to own a copy …
Then why not click here and give it a go!