Well, I had a brilliant Saturday. I got up at 5am (ok, that wasn’t so brilliant) and got the train down to Milton Keynes. Lucy Felthouse and her Baker extraordinaire other half picked me up and we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express with plenty of time to spare…about 2 hours, actually!
It was brilliant to see so many people there, I think I could approximate that there were 40 or more authors/readers/publishers in that room and it led to a lot of interesting (and occasionally naughty!) conversation. We started with introductions and a few general questions then we all fell upon the mountains of food the ever generous folks had brought with them.
After lunch we had the panels, Total-E-Bound told us all about the advantages of eBook publishing and of being published with them (Well, I knew all those already!) We had Historicals explained by 3 knowledgeable individuals and found out some great tips for social marketing too. If you want more details check out the UK Meet Page and you can see the schedule…the last 2 panels were dropped but everything else went pretty much to plan!
It was all over far to soon and I was whizzing back up to the north West on one of those tippy trains virgin now have, it’s like being on a rollercoaster sometimes I can tell you! What will always stick with me about the day is the genuine loveliness of all the ladies and gents in that room. I think I could have happily spent the day just going round and chatting to folks!
Anyway, I did a little presentation on Beating Writers Block so I’m going to let you in on all the secrets I shared! I’m afraid you won’t get the full impact of the wonderful visual aids I had at the meet but I’ll try my best to make up for that with wit and photos stolen from the interwebs.
Oh and you can have more friends if you want than the number of teddies in the picture!
These were the ideas I came up with but the room of clever authors and readers came up with many many more, so if any of you clever folks want to share your hints and tips here please add them in the comments!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recollection and my sort of presentation. You should all plan to come to the bigger, the better, the much more awesomer (hopefully there will be a panel on grammar I can attend) UK GLBT Meet next year!