Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday 13th December 6.45pm-8.45pm
So I've a busy weekend ahead, starting at York Guild Hall on Friday, Saturday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Friday, December 03, 2010
Meanwhile - Lost in a Book, my publishing imprint now has a presence on facebook
Monday, November 29, 2010
The book launch for my new book: A Face Full of Snow got off to an excellent start at the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York on Saturday, there was even a covering of snow to tie in with the theme! York was full of Christmas shoppers for the St. Nicholas fair.
On Sunday I was at a new venture: Pure Genius, at 3-5 Grape Lane, York. Snow fell most of the afternoon, giving a beautiful backdrop to my new book, where Iver No-Idea gatecrashes Eric's skiing holiday.
Getting home was quite a challenge. One of York's busiest days for Christmas shopping was hampered by the snow - so a big THANK YOU to Phil who picked me up, and drove me home through the gridlocked streets. It took 2 hours to get home, a journey that should have taken about 15 minutes.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Yesterday was lucky enough to arrive to collect my books while they were still being finished off - there was a heap of them on a pallet, more on a table, and yet more going through the guillotine to be trimmed and finished, for me this was a very exciting moment, to watch the final stages of the making of my books. Then they were packed, hot off the press and loaded into my car, ready to be launched at the weekend at St. Nicholas Fair:
Book launch: A Face Full of Snow - there's even some snow around to mark the occasion!
Merchant Adventurers Hall, York - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Pure Genius - 3-5 Grape Lane (Swine Gate quarter) York - 10am...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I had a a good day, people are really getting into the swing of Christmas shopping now.
Another day another fair - Friday saw me book signing in the Guild Hall in the centre of York, it was a quiet day, but with the weather as it was, who could blame shoppers for staying at home... Saturday more than made up for it though, with a very busy day. My first customer of the day was a little girl who emptied out her handbag onto the table, and counted out her own money to buy a book - how adorable is that?
Monday, November 08, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Always an exciting moment when all that hard work is in my hand in book form...
Yes I admit it, I had a big silly grin on my face for the rest of the evening, with my book sat beside me, though I had to keep moving it, as the cat was deturmined to add her signiture to the cover...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
23-24 Oct. York Guild Hall 10am-4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)
30-31 Oct. York Guild Hall 10am- 4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)
11 Nov. The Farm Shop Wigginton Road York 11am-3pm
12-14 Nov. York Guild Hall 10am-4.30pm (4pm on Sunday)
3 Dec. Manor School fair 6.45-8.45pm
10-12 Dec. York Guild Hall 10am-4.30m (4pm on Sunday)
Friday, October 08, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
I'm busy booking Christmas fairs (dates to follow soon), and I'm ready to publish the next in the Doodle series, I've got a quote from the printer... busy time ahead!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Maybe I should have stuck to a traditional paintbrush, instead of sloshing around in pixels all day. I'll display it here when it's finished, but I ended up with the wrong shade of white in a big splodge, so I'll have to risk life and limb and edit it a bit more.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I also had another on-line book order to send out this week, which is always good news.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I'm doing a book signing - my books will fit right in amongst the other local produce and crafts - most of my books are locally produced at a printers in Layerthorpe, York.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
I continue my re-launch at York Designer Outlet on Friday 4th June 10am - 6pm
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Monster Under The Bed
I'll be doing a re-launch book signing at:
York's Guild Hall from Friday 28th - Monday 31st May 10am - 4.30pm
York Designer Outlet 10am - 6pm
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
York's Guild Hall 28th - 31st May 10am - 4.30pm
York Designer Outlet 4th June 10am - 6pm
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I'm expecting my new monster books any day now - then there'll be some promotional work to do before a relaunch.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Maybe it's that ideas at an early stage have the freedom to run riot, but somewhere along the way they need to be organised into a book. And they need to be fed into a computer, and formatted into a file, before they can be printed into a book...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I sold a few books at a craft fair yesterday, but it was a very quiet event. I have some bigger events planned for May and June, as well as a re-launch for the 2nd edition Monster book.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Most of the work is done now, I just need to check over the proof, as this is the last chance to have any errors changed before I place my order for a print run.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The 2nd edition will be printed in York!
I've still got the last few first edition to sell, through my website and at fairs.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I'm currently waiting for a quote for printing my second edition of The Monster Under The Bed.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This morning I've been writing the new copyright page, giving publishing history and new details of the book. I can tell I was engrossed in what I was doing, as I let my coffee go cold on the desk next to me - now that is serious concentration!
Monday, March 08, 2010
The second edition will be coming out in the next couple of months, but in the meantime I still have a few first edition copies for sale through: my website, upcoming book signings and at stockists listed on my website.
My next book signing is at York Guild Hall on Saturday 20th March 10am - 4.30pm
Thursday, March 04, 2010
A teacher bought a Monster book at the weekend and asked me to sign it for her class. She said she'd be reading it to them on World book Day, and they were going to dress up as book characters and make a fun day of it.
I will have some more exciting news about my monster books soon...
Monday, March 01, 2010
I handed out free bookmarks with my website details on, for anyone wanting to buy my books online, or to read my blog and learn more about the story behind the books, and some of the work involved in self publishing.
The hardest part of self publishing is marketing the books, when people meet me and have an opportunity to browse through my books they sell well, but out there in the shops and online they can get lost in a sea of competition, I just need to find a way to make them swim to the top and get noticed...
Friday, February 26, 2010
This weekend I've got my first book signing of the year at York Guild Hall, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4.30pm. I'll be there with my first edition children's books
Friday, February 19, 2010
Heritage Promotions do regular collectors, craft and gift fairs at the Guild Hall in York, with an interesting array of crafts on display. I'm looking forward to joining them with my first edition children's books.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
5 years seems to have gone alarmingly fast, but it has been a busy 5 years. I now have 3 other books published, but the Monster books are still going strong, everyone has a story to tell or memory to share about monsters under the bed. The main fear when parents see the title is that their offspring will be scared, but as they read to the last page and discover the identity of the monster it always makes them chuckle, which is just the reaction I was aiming for.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
On the up side, I've received a couple of cheques from outlets selling my books, as well as an order for more books - another distraction - I'll be having a sortie down to the Post Office later. Sometimes I wish I had people to deligate some of these things to, now let me see, up to now I'd like a PA and a housekeeper - I think I'll have to sell a few more books first, and there in lies my dilemma - to spend my time selling what I've written, or in writing more books, the answer is a compromise between the two.