It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book launch must be accompanied by cupcakes or ice cream. So it was that I found myself at Rendezvous, Leicester Square, on a sunny afternoon in June eating an ice cream sundae that could’ve downed the Titanic. I sat with my sister Tish Yeomans and close friends Jo, Adrian and Chris, celebrating my first book signing.
The event, a Small Press Expo organised by Dani Ware, took place at Forbidden Planet Shaftsbury Ave. There were a number of publishers there from Snowbooks to Newcon Press, and the lower ground floor was awash with enough writers to rewrite the Magna Carta. The atmosphere was lively as we mingled; touting our wares, exchanging stories and munching cupcakes.
I was particularly privileged to be there signing multiple copies of Hauntings, the newest release from Ian Whates’ Newcon Press, which includes my story The Things I See.
The bubbling excitement as I completed my first signing was infectious, aided by a donation of lollipops by my sister.
This is a book which I am truly proud to appear in, and as co-contributor Mark West put it, “Can you believe it? Here I am in Forbidden Planet, Shaftsbury Ave, on a production line signing books. How cool is that?”
Well Mark, you were right.
It is unbelievably cool.