Thursday, 22 July 2010

Waterstones, Portsmouth, Saturday 24th July 2010!

I am looking forward to popping along to the Waterstones branch in Portsmouth on Saturday.  I will be there from 11 am until 3 pm, signing copies of Folklore of Hampshire.  I do hope you can join me as there is nothing worse for an author than to sit twiddling her thumbs for hours on end and to leave without talking to a soul!

I look forward to meeting you there!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Life is always busy!

Life is always busy and it has never been more so for me lately.  I was interviewed for a local community newspaper, Hedge End People, the other day and today the piece has been published.  If you would like to read it, click here.

I was invited to speak about my life and work at the July Writers in Southampton meeting and met an interesting group of writers there. I also presented a workshop on getting articles into magazines for New Forest writers.  This group was very responsive to my ideas and it was a very lively meeting indeed.  Thanks to both groups for inviting me.

I received the new front cover for my forthcoming book, Southampton Then and Now, today.  The cover previously shown on this blog was a temporary one and I am sad to see it go.  There was a problem with one of the images and the new ones have much more impact and so, it was a case of out with the old and in with the new! Now I have to work out how to put a pdf image on to this blog, so that you can see it!  Watch this space ...

I have been busy working on the marketing of Folklore of Hampshire.  I will be book signing at the Portsmouth branch of Waterstones on 24th July, at Southampton's West Quay Waterstones on 14th August and at the Lymington branch on 21st August.  I do hope those interested will show up!  There is nothing worse than an author turning up and finding herself twiddling her thumbs for four hours!  It would be great to meet some of my readers, so if you are in any of these places on these dates, do please look me up and come over and chat.

It is Writing Buddies tomorrow and, as the deadline for the anthology competition draws nearer (the end of the month), I can sense the excitement building within the group.  It is the first competition the Writing Buddies have run and the winners and two runners up in each category will be published in an anthology at the end of the year.  More on this in a later blog.