A Bookish Week

Thank you, first of all, for all the messages of congratulations and support about me getting signed with my dream agent! I’m still over the moon about it!

Last week I had a fantastically bookish week in London. I love going to the capital, even if it does mean black snot. This time I was heading down for the launch of Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill.

Launch party held at Daunt Books, Marylebone

Waiting for Callback is a really fantastic book, and had a launch to match. Excellent canapés, champagne, and a hilarious speech from the mother-daughter author duo. It was also great to connect irl with people from Twitter, including Grace, who runs a blog you really should check out, my agency sister Katherine Webber, and other authors I admire like Abi Elphinstone, Alwyn Hamilton and Robin Stevens.

Honor and Perdita Cargill

The next day (I stopped in what was billed as a ‘cocoon room’ and it did not disappoint) I met my agent during the day, and then, after a visit to Lush on Oxford Street, went off to Waterstones Piccadilly.

Holly Bourne, CJ Daugherty, Holly Smale and Anna James

I’d never been in this Waterstones before, but it was worth the wait. The Children’s and YA section was incredible – I snagged a signed copy of The Art of Being Normal in paperback, as well as How Hard Can Love Be? in preparation for the event that night.

Feminism in YA was super informative and really inspiring. Holly Bourne out across great points about language, and CJ Daugherty and Holly Smale compared strengths and characters. Anna James was a fantastic chair – I feel so lucky to share an agent with her, too!

The night peaked with Holly B signing my copies of the Spinster Club books, and then I had to run to catch my train with 6 minutes to spare!

It was great getting to dip into the mostly London-based book world properly. It’s made me resolve to go down more often, and see more of the people I love face to face!


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