The Book Launch – In My Own Words

I am a little less tired today, which is good.

Before I tell you what happened at Thursday’s launch of Not So Perfect, I’d like to point you in the direction of Dan Powell’s blog, where he’s reviewed Not So Perfect. Thanks for taking the time to review it, Dan, and for saying such nice things like ‘Each story is garlanded with striking imagery and precise and often beautiful prose, creating something to be treasured in amongst the heartache, whether it’s the impermanent simplicity of a snow angel or the pure emotion that would drive someone to plaster a house in post-it notes.‘.


So. The launch.

I’d taken a couple of things for luck, a gift somebody had given me and a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes (bonus points for anyone who can tell me why).

It started well, I must say. I met with Faye (Miss Roast Books) an hour before we were due to start. She’d brought champagne which was opened and consumed by me, Faye, Andrew (Mr Simply Books) and Jo (who was there to keep me calm! – she’s blogged about it here). And it was lovely, a lovely moment.

Andrew took us up to the first floor where he’d put on wine and nibbles for the guests who, at seven o’clock, began to arrive.

I must say I really enjoyed that bit, the chatting, the atmosphere, the sipping of wine or juice and the nibbling of cake – a good few people have said to me since that they thought there were so many nice people there, and I’d agree. It was fab. And great too to meet people I hadn’t met before too.

Then it was downstairs. People took their seats. I took mine. Faye introduced me and then I burbled a bit about the book.

Then I read.

I read three stories to begin with: Kiss, The Mechanical Woman and In My Head I’m Venus which, thank goodness, all went down well. And then I took some (very thoughtful) questions, which I answered as best I could. Then I read two more stories: My Wife Threw Up a Lemur and Seconds Are Ticking By.

Out of all of them I’d only read Seconds Are Ticking By and Kiss live before. So, yes, that was good.

Then I signed some books (thanks to those who bought them!), and after that it was all over and I went for drinks with friends.

As I said yesterday, I had a really brilliant evening and I’m so grateful to people for coming. Thank you for making it a bit special. I hope you enjoy your books.


And if anyone’s got any pictures of the launch they’d like to share, do give me a shout – I’d love to see them!


Big thanks to Carol-Ann Cunningham for the pics – there are more over at her blog.

9 Comments on “The Book Launch – In My Own Words

  1.  by  Milton

    Hey Nick, the Muttie Woman has just had your book delivered to her today from Amazon and can't wait to read. And er, she may do a little review (after hi-jacking my blog – I tend to like cat-only stuff). Milt xx

  2.  by  SueG

    Looks like it was a great event. I'm so happy for you! You deserve it, as does the book!

  3.  by  Steph

    I am loving it Nik, although I try to read only a couple a day because I don't want to finish too soon! I loved Venus very, very much, in fact, I re-read it when I went home. And I know that I've already said this, but I shall repeat it: you read so well! As Rachel says, I think that some of us do get close to cracking when reading out loud. I don't really 'hear' myself, I sort of… want it to be over, and fast! Maybe you can come with me when my book is out and YOU can read it, hahaha!!

  4.  by  Nik Perring

    Thanks Colin.Milton – that sounds fabulous! Thanks so much!Thanks Rachel. I'm not sure what mine does actually. You've got me thinking now!Sue – thank you! It was great fun.Thanks Steph (you ARE too kind!).

  5.  by  Catt

    sounds fab! now go write another book so i can come along to a launch? lol!

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