Glasgow Launch

I’d like to invite everyone in the Glasgow/West Of Scotland*** to join me at Waterstones, Argyle St on Tuesday 6th May for the official launch of The Moon King. The event runs from 7pm til 8.30pm, and afterwards I reckon we’ll probably go on somewhere for a celebratory drink.

For more details, contact Waterstones, Argyle St (who have been BRILLIANT in putting this together for us).

If you’ve not been to a book launch before, here are a few tips about what to expect:

  • Don’t buy the book prior to the launch. Exercise every scrap of patience you possess and buy it at the event. (Remember to bring money.)
  • Before the event, the author will shuffle about, chatting embarrassedly to the staff, hoping that someone–anyone–will turn up.
  • Once enough people have arrived to save the author from having to talk to himself, he’ll probably do a short reading…not the one he’d prepared and practised, because that had lots of sexy, sweary bits in it and someone’s brought a five-year-old. Instead he’s chosen at random a passage he barely remembers writing.
  • He will finish reading on a cliffhanger. He’ll tell you this is because “you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next”, but really it’s because he’s just realised that the next paragraph has a REALLY sexy, sweary bit in it.
  • There will be an opportunity for  questions and answers. Remember to bring a question! But if you’ve read the book, don’t make it one that gives away the ending.
  • There will be an opportunity to buy the book. This is where your patience is rewarded.
  • If you DID already buy the book, consider buying another one and giving it to a friend.
  • There will be an opportunity for having your copy personalised/defaced by the author. Please bear in mind that the author, by this point, will be a physical and emotional wreck and the chances of legibility will decrease rapidly, so get to the head of that queue!
  • Everyone remembers to thank the booksellers and staff for their hard work and compliment them on their lovely shop.
  • Pub!

Any questions?

See you on the 6th!


***Obviously, I don’t expect everyone in the Greater Glasgow Area to turn up…that’d be logistically tricky, it’s only a wee shop…but a healthy cohort of friends and family would be awesome!



9 thoughts on “Glasgow Launch

  1. Ha, course you can! I’d love to see you there. I was just being hyper aware not to be that guy who invites his whole friends list to a thing, no matter what continent they live in.

  2. I’m dayshift that week, and even though I picked up a hardback copy at Eastercon, I reckon I’ll be there too! Paul C.

  3. Fantastic novel – finished it last night and I just shared my views of it on both Amazon UK and US. Well done, Neil! Paul C.

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