I’ve just been sorting out my diary for this summer and I’m already finding it surprisingly full. It’s mostly filled with research trips and family stuff but I’m surprised it’s so unusually chocka because I had deliberately decided that I wouldn’t do loads of publicity for the Outlaw Chronicles this year. Last year was manic-busy with me running around the country visiting medieval festivals, selling books and meeting readers all summer, and while it was loads of fun, it proved to be rather expensive and time-consuming, too. But, most importantly, I found it really hard to get back into the mental word-zone at my desk between weekend publicity jamborees.
So this year I told myself that I’d concentrate on the writing – which is, after all, my real job – and only do the minimum of marketing. If the books are good enough, they will sell themselves, right? Hmm, well maybe, but anyway I’m still not doing much book-flogging this year, what with the new baby an’ all, but there ARE a few events that I’m going to attend if you want to swing by, say hello and get a book or two signed.
June 16th: Talk at the Norfolk branch of The Richard III Society. Yes, that’s right, the Richard the Third Society (tho’ I’m going to be talking about Richard the Lionheart). Contact the secretary at email@example.com if you want to attend.
July 14th: Kelmarsh Hall, Festival of History, Northhamptonshire – I’m on a historical novelists’ panel talking about heroes (Richard I again) with Robyn Young and James Aicheson.
September 29th: Historical Novelists’ Society Conference in Greenwich, London. http://www.hns-conference.org.uk/ I’m on panel with Bernard Cornwall in the morning, talking about combat in the age of the blade, and another panel on boys’ versus girls’ historical fiction in the afternoon. Will be signing books in two sessions morning and afternoon.
I’m also supposed to be doing a local book signing, probably in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, probably in late July – but that has yet to be confirmed.
I’ll add any more dates/events to the list if they materialize. Now I’ve got to get back to my real job!
P.S. I nearly forgot to mention the two most important dates for your diaries: July 5th, King’s Man comes out in paperback; and July 19th Warlord is published in hardback. Bye for now.