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Monday, 30 January 2017

My first book signing

Seeing a display of my novel in my local Waterstones was an amazing moment! The manager, Jodie, had organised my signing and I was delighted with her enthusiasm and support on the day, as well as bookseller, Sam, who kept an eye on things.
Waterstones Manager, Jodie

I was due to begin the signing at 12 midday so went for breakfast at the wonderful Country Table first. I don't think even my driving test was as nerve wracking - and I sat in there feeling anxious and convinced not one person would want a book. I'm very grateful to my family as they said they would pop in so at least I had someone there!

But, I needn't have been so stressed out. At twelve, I sat at my table and had no time to wait before my first reader came up to me. 

As I finished signing the book, I looked up to see a queue of people out the door. The relief was huge! After that, I settled into this new experience and enjoyed meeting everyone. It was such a joy to chat to people who either were interested in Saving Sophie or the writing journey. As I'm local to the area there was also much discussion about the setting of the novel - various places I mention that people knew well.

My friend Emma who travelled from Cheltenham 
 Here are some pictures from the day.
Again, a huge thank you to those who came and supported me, and Waterstones for hosting the signing. 

Book blogger Claire Hill

All gone! 


  1. Congratulations, Sam. It must have been such an exciting day for you - the first of many to come! The photos give us a flavour of the occasion. :-)

    1. Thanks Jan! It was a lovely afternoon (once the nerves stopped!) One of those moments that you dream about happening but don't ever envision actually happening. Thanks for your comment. Hope your writing is going well?