The London Book Fair 2018 - Olympia Kensington Attending all three days of the London Book Fair 2018 was an interesting experience! After getting the holders for our badges, we entered the lift and went to level 2. Before us was 500 tables and chairs laid out neatly in long rows; this was the home for the literary agents. One mainstream publisher I encountered aptly described this as a giant locusts nest and he was not wrong. Getting meetings here was very difficult to say the least, even though some were pleasant in their reluctance to accept same. Descending onto level 2 brought us into an enormous area comprised of areas 1-7, of which six and seven was on a lower region accessible by stairs comprising of huge stands for the larger publishers like HarperCollins and Random House, access to both blocked by half a dozen young women with tablets assigning arranged meetings. Above on the balconies were designated areas for authors giving speeches and further off one could find a cafe and very select areas like "The Ivy" where wine and champagne was served to select VIP agents and publishers. One of the most interesting things I found was women giving massages in the centre of one of the halls and even a fake white house oval office and golf course for James Patterson. Coming across television interviews being spontaneously held in any part of the Fair was not uncommon. I even happened to come across an unpublished author with a T-Shirt displaying his eagerness to meet a publisher "Sci-Fi Author Seeking Publisher." Generally, it was an exhausting business, and each night my feet had large blisters! I secured two long meetings with mainstream publishers, three shorter interviews with a publisher and two literary agents, but had fascinating chats with IngramSpark, the British Society of Authors and many others.
Grace's Choice - Chapter OneShane1971 · 1 Part
Hi, thanks for the comment and especially thank you for the vote! :-) Yes, there will be more updates. I am currently about half-way through writing the book and was hoping to have it finished by now, but the 'boring tedious neccessary' day job has been getting in the way! Severe staff shortages have meant some of us including myself have been doing the work of three people and my usual 'guaranteed' four day week has disappeared. I was busy for the last few months with the London Book Fair and have now just begun back to the task of writing. Coupled with that, I have garned the interest of two mainstream publishers interested in the book which I met at the Fair...even putting more pressure on me! Please be patient...I will have something more soon...and hopefully the other half of the book! Thanks again for your interest and support, it is greatly appreciated. :-)
The Search for Fireworks - Chapter 1CrazyMeisie · 13 Parts
It's actually good, funny and has a nice pace to it. Her parents must be Moonies or something to that effect! :-) At least they arranged a blind marriage with the opposite sex. lol. Keep going, would be interested to see what adventures she has!