On Saturday I went into Kettering Town Centre and wandered into Waterstones for a quick browse.
In a corner of the children’s section was a small desk piled high with books and posters. It was a book signing and I hadn’t heard about it. People were walking by and ignoring the poor bloke when I was there – hopefully it picked up a bit later on. There hadn’t been much publicity locally, which I think was a shame because I’m sure lots of children would have loved to have met him.
I spent a pleasant few minutes chatting to him about his experiences when he was trying to get published. He was incredibly helpful to me, giving me some tips about writing a synopsis and presenting my work. He reckons that if you submit something that is well presented , with no spelling, punctuation or grammar mistakes and you are polite in your initial letter then you are at an advantage straight away. This advice echoes that of Jane Wenham-Jones in her book.
He did recommend self-publishing initially, but I said I wouldn’t really be interested in that. He said he knows several authors who have successfully started out in this way.
He is a really nice man and I wish him well with his Kernowland books, the first of which is “The Crystal Pool”. I have a signed copy to give to my grandson when he is older and, who knows, he might turn out to be the next J K Rowling!