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.
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!