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Signing at Waterstones Bedford on Saturday

This weekend Bedford will be hosting its bi-annual River Festival and entirely co-incidentally, I will be at Waterstones on Silver Street signing copies of Strangeness and Charm and the earlier books.

Do come along and get your books signed – the staff at Waterstones are very welcoming and helpful. The event starts at 10:30 and will continue until about 4pm if we still have books. Last time we had sold all the stock by 2pm, so my advice would be to come earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you there.


Castle Quay Weekender 2011

Castle Quay Weekender

On Saturday 19th March at 2pm, I will be joining live Storyteller Mark Steinhardt and poet Ian McEwen for an hour or so of literary entertainment as part of the Castle Quay Weekender.

The Bunyan Museum is kindly acting as host for the afternoon and will be offering tours for those with an interest in this particular part of history.

Ian will be reading from his Templar-prize winning collection of poems, Mark will be telling a story with a Bedford theme based on true events, and I will be talking about how I became a writer, with a particular emphasis on the structure of stories.

It promises to be an interesting and entertaining afternoon and the writers will be around afterwards to chat and mingle over tea and to sign books – you can bring along your own copy or alternatively there will be a small number available for purchase on the day.

Hope to see you there

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Bedford Signing Sat 27th Nov

Tomorrow is an anniversary of sorts.  Last year, about a month after the launch of Sixty-One Nails, I did a signing session at Waterstone’s Bookshop in Bedford and signed and sold every copy they had apart from the ones in the display window, which I signed for stock later.  It was a fun day – the Waterstone’s staff were brilliant and very supportive – and I met lots of new and interesting people, some of whom were kind enough to purchase my book.

Almost a year later, I am back at Waterstone’s on Saturday 27th November for another session and will be signing books from about 11am onwards until we run out of books or time.  If you are in or around Bedford on the day, please come and say Hi and if you already have a copy that you would like signed, feel free to bring it along and I will sign it for you.

Hope to see you there!

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How to Sign an eBook

As you may know, I spent the weekend at FantasyCon and had a fantastic time meeting fans, authors, publishers, editors and artists, gathered for the British Fantasy Awards and a lot more besides.

Firstly, many congratulations to Kari Sperring for winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer with her fantasy novel Living With Ghosts.  I sat and listened to Kari reading from the sequel to this at FantasyCon 2009 and I was immensely pleased when this well-deserved award was announced.  She is a rising star of Fantasy, a wonderful novelist and a very nice person too. Go buy her book.

Congratulations to all the award winners, there are too many to go into here, but the British Fantasy Society have helpfully updated their site with the full list of winners.

Adam Christopher and his 'signed' iPad

Meanwhile I was with Andy Remic and Colin Harvey at a joint signing session in the Dealer’s Room when Adam Christopher – friend, writer blogger and man of many talents – came up with his iPad and declared that he would love to get his books signed, but he had the digital versions.  This is the first time I’ve seen the digital version of The Road to Bedlam and I have to say, it looks gorgeous on the iPad.

Consequently, I am ashamed to tell you that there were a number of offers to engrave his pristine machine with various epithets using a sharp implement (it was far too shiny) but he resisted until I produced some stickers I had acquired for just this purpose.

Here’s a photo of Adam with his newly signed iPad, showing signatures from all three authors.  In the age of the eBook, will this be the future?  Will fans adorn their technology with custom labels in the way that travellers used to cover their suitcases with stickers from foreign places?

Has anyone else come up with a really good way of signing eBooks?  I would love to hear comments, ideas and stories on this subject.  We are on the cusp of the age of digital publishing – so what’s the best way of translating the signed copy into the virtual world?

Comments, please.


Bedford Signing – Sat 5th December

For those of you in the Bedford area, I will be at Waterstones on Silver Street in Bedford on Saturday 5th December for a signing and ‘meet the author’ type event. The event starts about 10am and will go on until we either run out of books or I get really hungry, probably about 3pm either way.

The team at Waterstones have been most supportive and we are looking forward to a good day, so come along and get your copy signed or just say, Hi.

See you there!