Last week, Christina Courtenay and I helped on the Choc Lit stand at the London Book Fair, and Juliet Archer joined us for a while on Wednesday. For anybody who doesn’t know, the LBF is a huge trade fair, currently held in Earls Court, London. Lots of deals are done and rights are sold, there. The function of we authors was to man the stand when the others were in meetings, handing out chocolates and Choc Lit catalogues, taking the cards of people who’d like to know more and writing down details.
I also drank a lot of peppermint tea, but that wasn’t mandatory.
For someone who spends much of their working life on their own in a room, creating a fictional world, to be in the middle of the book fair in proper office clothes is quite a culture shock. But I really enjoyed the buzz and the fact that I was doing something different. And we met all kinds of people - a Scotsman in a kilt with a whoopee cushion tucked behind his sporran (to entertain kids, apparently), a man who said he had the cure for cancer, and agents and publishers of all nationalities.
Here’s Christina, with her bowl of chocolates. (I’m afraid we had to keep testing them - they were milk chocolate hearts in pink foil - just to check that nobody would be harmed as we gave them out.
And wow were my feet aching at the end of three days!