Foyles Bristol was the venue for joining up with around thirty other SilverWood Books authors, plus a crowd of writers eager to learn about getting their books to publication. The writing and publishing open day was brilliantly organised by Helen Hart and her SilverWood team and run jointly with Rob Norton events supervisor at Foyles.
The mood was informative, professional and above all fun. I talked to so many people, I needed regular injections of caffeine from the Foyles coffee shop.
Topics included writing and editing, book design – covers and interiors, book promotion and author platform, getting your book into bookshops, audiobooks and crowd-funding.
Authors read from their own books (including moi). The big challenges were talking into the microphone without making the sound blurred and harsh and not overdoing the drama queen act!
Some authors using SilverWood Book services had only ever met each other and the SilverWood team virtually. They lost no time swapping notes about writing, research and promotion!
Talking to fans as well as to the SilverWood Books team.
Self-published/independent authors can sometimes feel isolated, but this was very much the meeting of a community which regularly interacts virtually but on Saturday took enormous pleasure in meeting in ‘real life’. And I loved chatting with fans (yes, there were some Roma Nova ones!) and talking to new and potential authors just starting on their publishing path.
Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is out early summer 2014.