Sunday, 23 June 2013

Launch day!

It was in October 2011 that Reviver was bought by Pan Macmillan. Finally, last Thursday, 20th June 2013, the official UK launch date arrived.

The first order of the day was signing a stack of books...

Then, signing another stack of books...

Then, to Forbidden Planet, where I signed another stack of books - BUT only after I'd read the first chapter of Reviver. I like reading that chapter. The previous Monday I'd read it at the Jubilee Library in Brighton, in a joint event with Peter James. It went down a storm there, too. If you haven't read it yet, well, isn't it about time you did? The Amazon preview lets you, go ahead...

Books were signed, drinks were had, and, er, Portal merchandise was bought. (I was in Forbidden Planet.  It happens.)

My shed is safe.

Geek highlights - apart from 'launching your novel in Forbidden Planet' - were:

  • signing the Forbidden Planet visitor's book right after Neil Gaiman:

  • signing a bunch of autograph books (and an Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction) and having to find spaces between the signatures of, among others, Brian Aldiss and Clive Barker.

Thanks to all who wished me luck, especially Chris Fowler and Pat Cadigan - much appreciated!

Afterwards it was off to a suitably murky pub for some suitably murky drinks, in the kind of company where you mention authors whose books you just bought and discover you're actually talking to their agent. That's publishing!

Well, now the book's out there, and we'll see how the little tyke gets on in the real world.

Good luck, kid! (pinches cheek) Go scare some folk!