I’ve just returned from a trip to Mablethorpe for the book launch and signing and thought I’d write a note about the experience.
I have been fortunate enough to enjoy similar events, but always as an interested and involved spectator rather than the individual who would be signing. So yesterday, I woke up with more than a few nerves, which were alleviated when I was sent this wonderful review from Kate Noble at The Quiet Knitter. It’s a review that isn’t only positive, but, probably more crucially, appeared to understand many of the subtleties of the story and that made me feel confident about my articulation.
The most enjoyable aspect of the signing was that those who had come in to get a copy of the book seemed genuinely interested about its creation. People who write (in my experience) do usually enjoy an opportunity to discuss their motivation, I’m no different, so that was great.
In addition, a number of family and friends made a fair journey to get there and, in our combined transience, we don’t get to see each other enough. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say I probably enjoyed the time with family more than I enjoyed the signing itself (though I think the pride of what I feel is a big achievement in doing so, will only settle in in weeks and months to come). So, a big thank you to everyone who made it, and a big thank you to those who weren’t able but have still shown their support. A percentage of the proceeds will go to help the Boatshed Charity in Mablethorpe, a cause that has been supported by my family for a long time, and I’m proud to say that this book has helped to continue that tradition.