I am home from my last signing of this year, so let’s talk authors, readers, books and touching tables!
In this first podcast I introduce myself and tell you a little about the life of an Indie Author in the run-up to a book signing event, in weeks to come I will share readings from my books and tell you about the books I am reading and loving , plus I will have interviews with other Indie authors.
A couple of weeks ago I talked clothes, but this week I want to talk travel.
In an ideal world I would have a car and travel to events would be simple, but at the minute I don’t. In my day to day life, I cannot afford to run a car just for the hell of it and cannot justify needing one badly enough to suck it up and manage the expense. This, of course, means travel to these events becomes more expensive.
The cheaper option is Megabus, for most locations it does involve travelling to Leeds to catch it but there is one huge problem with this method, you can only take one case and let’s face it you need a case just for the books and swag you are likely to be hauling there, and hopefully you will sell enough to fill it back up with books once you are there.
So you are looking at at least one case plus a case or holdall for clothes this really leaves you with only one option the train. I looked at the options for railcards but as I am over 25 but not a pensioner no help there, there is a travelling with friends railcard which means you and a friend can get a reduction when travelling together but it has to be the same friend, so unless your PA attends every signing with you that doesn’t help either.
The only real option is to wait until around 12 weeks before the date you wish to travel and start stalking the trainline sites, if you are lucky you might find a bargain but again you must be careful with this as well, if there are changeovers, check the time between trains, make sure you have time to lug those cases from one platform to another if required, make sure if one train is delayed that you can catch a later one and that you are not tied to one train having to cough up more on the day. Sometimes it will be cheaper to buy single tickets for different legs of the journey, you have to be prepared to research.
Before you start looking at train times you should also double check on your check in and check out times, you don’t want to arrive hours early and have to drag your cases around with you, you then weigh up if there are savings to be made whether they are more than the price of a cup of coffee while you wait around.
I know a lot of this is simply common sense but guess what when you get caught up in the excitement it is easy to forget the little things, maybe you drive and think these things don’t apply but it is worth still checking out trains from your area and the prices you might have to pay because sometimes fate is cruel and cars break down at times that you really don’t need them too.
Like every other aspect of treating your writing career like a business, you have to weigh up all the pros and cons, get the best value for money balanced with ease and convenience. Like the best boys scouts, the secret is to be prepared for every eventuality, personally I know I have made some huge mistakes in the way I have planned and budgeted for this signing but the important thing is I have learnt from them and I am looking forward to being able to let my hair down and enjoying #Darker.
Today I am lucky to be able to share a Q & A with my fellow Darker signing author DM Wolfenden, she is into Vampire’s, Werewoves and Zombies and taking readers on a walk into the darer side of fiction so without further ado lets get to the questions…
1) When did you first decide you wanted to publish your work? What was the reaction of your nearest and dearest?
2013 I decided I would go ahead and write. When I told my family they were shocked, they knew I had a crazy imagination but never thought I would put pen to paper.
2) Do you have a writing routine? Do you find you need to write at set times in a fixed place or is it a case of fitting it in around daily life?
I have a hectic lifestyle, I work away for 6 months of the year and when I am home there is a lot of catching up to do (as you can imagine), I write whenever I get a spare hour or two.
3) Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, and as a bonus give us the name of the song that would be the perfect theme music to it?
My latest release is a collection of short stories; they are all dark and have an element of mystery about them. The perfect song would be Cry Little Sister would probably fit well with the most of the stories.
4) Where was your first signing event and how did you feel in the run up to it?
I haven’t been to an event yet, 2017 will be my first.
5) Are any of your characters based on people you actually know, even if only loosely? And if so do they know it is them?
I hope not, they are evil little …
6) Now a bit of a silly one, as frequently seen on FB, the zombie apocalypse has begun, stick your hands out and tell us which two items you grab, and how you are going to use them to fight off the starving hordes.
Rather embarrassing, first thing is a jar of Vaseline (I’ve just had a Zombie tattoo, honest). Maybe I could smear all over myself and be too slippery for them. Second is my Frankenstein bobble head. Let’s face it, I’m dead.
7) If you could see any celebrity reading one of your books who would it be?
Quentin Tarantino, he is so talented. Love him
8) What is the last sentence you wrote in your current WIP?
“You need help, you need to sort your anger issues out. If you don’t we won’t survive.”
The knife clattered in the sink. “I promise I’ll see someone, babe.”
You better had, I won’t do this again. “Okay,” she said and walked away.
9) How do you celebrate finishing the final draft of a manuscript?’
I celebrate by sending of to an editor then sit there biting my nails.
10) Do you have a secret talent or claim to fame you are willing to share?
Yes I was on the grassy knoll.
11) If your books were going to be made into films do you have any ideas in your head who you would like to see play any of your characters?
It would actually be my short story, Carly. She is one bad arse. I love Jessica Messenger and Helena Bonham Carter to play the two female roles. For other books they would include Tom Cruise, Anotiono Banderas, Johnny Depp and Quentin Tarantino. (psst, I’m bigging you up here Quentin, call me).
12) What one piece of advice would you give to anyone sat at home, finished manuscript in front of them, debating hitting that publish button?
First of all I would say, get beta readers on it, if they love it, you are halfway there.
Today am throwing the schedule out of the window, no TV, you will have noticed no book review yesterday, I was just too excited to post and was not allowed to share my news until after it was announced last night, so drum roll please………..
I have officially been signed up to be one of the signing authors at…
The event will be taking place in Peterborough in October next year, so we have plenty of time to get really excited and hopefully I can get some interviews with other authors to share here with you as we share this next part of the journey together.
As you know I attended the ball part of the Leeds Event, I could not attend the day signing due to the day job, damn that day job it spoils all the fun, but I did grab an image from the page to share so you can see the set up and get an understanding of just how excited I am to know I will be occupying one of those tables next year.
I am not going to say too much more here today simply because I will post more tomorrow once it has all soaked in a little more but I cannot keep the smile off my face, here is the first banner and you will see this updated as more authors are signed up and hopefully get to meet a few of them here on my page.