Leicester Signing

I’ll be signing books at Waterstones in Leicester’s High Cross shopping centre this Saturday August 20th from 12.30.

I don’t do many signings, so it’s a good chance to get a lot of books signed, or talk to me about what’s coming up – or even ask for tips about getting published, if that’s your thing. (But if you ask for a tip, you have to buy a book…)

Book Launch – All Invited

I’ll be launching The Scar-Crow Men at Waterstone’s in Nottingham on June 2. It’s the first time I’ve done a launch since Nocturne way, way back (my second novel), but that was a private party for friends and publishers at the old Murder One bookshop in Charing Cross Road in London.

This is a public event. I’ll be talking about the novel, about fantasy, history, philosophy, magic, writing – hell, anything which comes to mind, probably – and I’ll be doing a short reading too, and signing as well.

The venue: Waterstone’s, 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR.
Time: 7pm
Tickets are £3. No idea what the limit is, but it’ll be on a first come, first served basis. You can get them in-store in advance, or call the store on 0845 034 9516.

This may well be the only official signing for The Scar-Crow Men so get in soon if you want me to scribble all over your pristine copy. Happy to sign any other stuff you’ve got too.

Forbidden Planet Signing

I had a great time at Thursday’s signing at Forbidden Planet in London (followed by a beer or three at the party to celebrate my good friend David Devereux’s new book, Eagle Rising). Lots of books signed, and I met lots of very interesting people – aspirant writers, bloggers, podcasters and readers.

A load (stew? drunk? what is the collective term?) of authors were present, some I know well, some I was meeting for the first time. Unlike the usual signing, FP took a chance this time and let everyone mingle and chat, which worked extremely well. When you’re stuck behind a table signing books, you only have chance for a few words, but here we could have proper conversations.

There’s a report – and more importantly pictures – at Liz and Mark’s excellent blog.

London Signing, Mingling, Other Fun Stuff

The long Christmas silence ends (here at least – not so silent night round Stately Chadbourn Mansion over the last couple of weeks) and I emerge into my least favourite time of the year in sullen January mood. This year, however, I’m not going to skulk around the gloomy corners until the sun comes round again. No, definitely no skulking. Instead, I’m going to continue the festive party spirit with a few of my fellow authors…and anyone else who wishes to join us.

Along with Joe Abercrombie, Alex Bell, John Courtenay Grimwood, David Devereux, Tom Lloyd, Suzanne MacLeod and Steve Savile, I’ll be signing books and anything else you want to bring along at Forbidden Planet’s swish megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday January 22nd.

If you’ve been to any Forbidden Planet signings before, this will be a slightly different state of affairs. We won’t be stuck behind a table. We’ll be roaming, as nature intended, in our natural habitat, so you can come up to chat, seek advice (good on directions and publishing, not so good on complex legal matters), swap anecdotes, moan, seek out insider information on top secret new projects and generally mingle, as well as getting us to ruin perfectly good books with our scrawl.

This is an experiment for Forbidden Planet, so let’s make it a good one. Otherwise, all authors will be back in their Plexiglass cases for future signings.

The nearest tubes are Holborn, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road and, oh, why not, Leicester Square. We might even go to the pub afterwards, though authors…alcohol…it’s not really likely is it?