Carol's Blog from the Uk Southern Book Show

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On Saturday we travelled to Worthing in readiness for the UK Southern Book Show, which was being held at the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday. Read on to find out more about it

Carol's Blog from the UK Southern Book Show

I had booked to go to the UK Southern Book Show last summer. Usually March is the beginning of Spring, with slightly milder conditions, but not this year. We had deep snow in Kent, and we were due to take off again, less than 2 days after we landed at Heathrow airport in foggy and snowy conditions.

I was determined to go, we had booked and paid for our hotel, and also my place at the show. Judging by the email I received from Natasha Murray the organiser, other authors were panicking. She re-affirmed that the show would go ahead, and was certain that by Sunday road conditions would be much better.

Unusually, Kent was one of the worst hit counties this time. I live by the sea, and we rarely get frost, let alone snow, so it was an unexpected surprise. The main roads had all been gritted when we set off, but the side roads where we live were icy and dangerous, so my husband had to take great care in negotiating them. Of course when we arrived in Worthing there was no snow to be seen, it was just very windy and cold.

Saturday evening

We had a look round the shops, but then rain set in, so we headed to our hotel. The rom was warm and the bed was comfortable, and we enjoyed a nice peaceful evening meal, and the next morning, a great breakfast.

It was just a 5 minute drive along the road to the Pavilion Theatre, which is quaint and full of character. Our tables were arranged around the side of the area where the seating is. I did my best to create an inviting display, and ensure that all my prices and book synopsis were clearly marked. My years of working in a shop in the past have given me some experience, if the public can't see prices, they rarely buy. My publisher has always ensured that my books have eye catching covers, so all I could do is sit back and see what happened

I met up with Daisy White

By chance, my friend Charley Crocker, who writes under the name of Daisy White was situated right behind me, so we were able to have a chat from time to time. Charley is presently promoting her excellent thriller entitled Before I found You I know it's excellent because I have read it, if you like mystery stories set in Brighton of 50s and 60s, then you need to read it.

Charley also did a presentation on stage, with very valuable advice to authors when trying to submit their work. Shortly after that she announced that one of her short stories had been turned into a film, and then we saw the film. My congratulations go to Charley for all she has achieved so far.

My Presentation

The morning was very quiet, hardly anyone came in, but with such bad weather, it was not surprising. I was very nervous about my presentation, as it involved going up on stage and using a microphone. Although I am already a club speaker, it is usually much less formal, no microphone, and I usually stand amongst the group talking.

So when I went up and explained how I had been inspired by my son to become a writer, I started to relax. I am passionate when speaking about autism, it has touched our family for 46 years. I was also able to speak about my novels, particularly ONE MOMENT OF MADNESS , which is being published on 6th April.

After I returned to my table, people started buying the book about Phil, entitled MY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING! It seems my speech had captured their interest. Then I started to sell my other books too, so the afternoon was very busy. I want to thank all the people who braved such cold conditions to support us. Obviously it wasn't as many as there would have been, but I ended up having a lot of sales, and a very interesting day meeting other authors too. My thanks to Natasha Murray for all her hard work in organising it, and I can't wait for the next one.
My thanks to Youtube for the video, the images are partly my own, and partly from Wikipedia

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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