On February 8th, the lovely Adrienne Vaughan and I launched her fabulous fourth novel with a party at The Betjeman Arms in St. Pancras.
Adrienne had decided that she didn't want to wait for a traditional publisher to come around to her unique brand of romantic suspense, Maeve Binchy - touched with a tinge of Mary Wesley - , so we mutually decided to cheer up February by doing it ourselves.
Everyone agrees that the book - and its look - which was collaboratively arrived at, - really works for this novel. And it was simply a joy to work with Adrienne. She is not only a fabulous writer, but she's a lovely, lovely woman. And in her spare time she also edits the RNA's magazine Romance Matters with immense style, energy and brio. !!!
We all had a wonderful evening....see slide-show of pictures of the night!
The response to the novel since has been tremendous, loads of support from RNA members and others, and 5* reviews continue to come in. Canny Adrienne has spaced out the book bloggers she had contacted, so there is momentum.
And in celebration of St. Patrick's Day - all of Adrienne's novels have an Irish setting - we are reducing the price of Seahorse this weekend only to £1.99, and the first two novels of The Heartfelt Trilogy are free.
View all these offers and discounts on Adrienne's Amazon page
One of the most experienced and clever editors I know has suffered from email abuse from a so-called literary agent.
No reputable agent would ever harangue an editor after a turn-down, however disappointed they were on behalf of their much-loved author. The editor now suspects that this IS an author posing as an agent and sounding very threatening.
This happened to me - got successively abusive (hand-written) letters followed by death-threats for turning down a novel from someone who claimed to be in the SAS. In the letters he talked about his SAS experience and 'taking us all out' so we called the police and they went round and spoke firmly. Never heard a word again...
Table decorations at the gala dinner on Saturday night - obviously hearts are involved!
Glamorous RNA members
(left to right):
Adrienne has just become
a Richford Becklow client!
An Honest Man
Simon Michael's second novel featuring barrister
Charles Holborne was launched in fine style at No 5 Chambers in Birmingham
on June 29th.
Simon is a barrister who belonged to these chambers and they hosted the evening. Acclaimed actor Robert Daws read from the novel, doing the voices of Ronnie and Reggie Kray in with spine-tingling authenticity.
A great evening!
Photographs by Neil Cameron
Actor Robert Daws
Simon signing copies
Social media expert Anita Chapman and Lisa Eveleigh (this photo by Anita)
This website wasn't intended to have a blogging element, but finding I've had 1,069 website views this week alone (and it is still only Tuesday) means that I need to say 'hello' to you all. .
I'm pretty sure it was Anne Corlett's guest blog on the Writers' Workshop site that directed quite so many people here all at once. And that's fine. Anne gave an accurate account of how we met, and what has transpired since.
But let me say this. From the start, Anne had a realistic approach to the publishing industry. She took knockbacks in her stride and simply kept on writing, editing and polishing.
On my side, I knew it was simply a matter of time before her talent would be recognised, and was prepared to keep submitting until we got there.
Do I do this for everyone I believe in? Yes.
But I'm still not accepting submissions in April -- Book Fair Time!
See you in May.