As an author, the gap between passing for press and seeing printed copies of your books can feel like a big one. You’re desperate to see the fruits of your labours and usually a little anxious too, that everything will have turned out alright and that the finished product will be as good as you hoped it would be. But in these modern times, when competition is so fierce, there’s always plenty to keep you occupied. Few writers have the luxury of focusing solely on their next creation. No, there are websites to populate with news of what’s coming, social media networks to utliise. and of course, there is the launch party to plan. If you’re like me, holding a book signing or launch event can be a nerve-wracking prospect. You hope it goes smoothly; that the books will arrive on time; that there will be enough nibbles and wine … and of course you hope that plenty of people will come!
When I began thinking about a launch event for my latest novel, No Stone Unturned, I knew one thing: I wanted to hold the event somewhere in Wilmcote – the village that had inspired the book and provided the main setting for the story. I contacted The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the hope that they might be willing to let me hold an event at Mary Arden’s Farm – theTudor farm complex that includes the house where Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, grew up. Situated right at the heart of the village and with such inspiring literary connections, what better place could there be for the launch of the book? To my delight, the Birthplace Trust not only agreed, but proceded to offer me help and support throughout the planning stages.
We held the No Stone Unturned book launch party last Saturday, 13th September, in The Arden Workshop on Mary Arden’s Farm and I was thrilled – and very touched – by the number of people who came along.
So I want to say a massive thank you to Adam Sherratt, Alisan Cole, Abi Moore and Samantha Gull of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and to eveyone who attended. We sold lots of books and I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the story.
Thank you also to the local press who once again have supported me by covering the event and helping me to spread the word about the publication of No Stone Unturned – in particular Laura Maltby of the Stratford Observer and Sandy Holt at the Stratford Herald.
For more photographs of the launch party, go to the Festivals and book signings folder in the Gallery.