Thursday, 8 October 2015

Walking weekend and Promoting a book


Last weekend my dear friend Av and I went walking along the coastal path near Crafthole. For once (our last weekend it poured, all weekend long), the weather was not only kind but fabulous, so we had a sunlit walk around Portwrinkle on the Friday evening, then spent the Saturday walking to Freathy and back. Yes, we managed to get lost more than once, but this was for once NOT MY FAULT. Well, only partly my fault....

It must have been the hottest day of the year, and we walked for about 5 hours or more - just wonderful, and the scenery was at its very best. Neither of us know that area (near the Rame Peninsula) so it was an added bonus to stay somewhere lovely and explore the area.

Back to real life and I gave a talk at Flushing Sailing Club on Tuesday evening which went down very well. What a very generous and attentive audience, who bought books, too! We were given such a warm welcome by the Commodore and his wife, who organises the talks, and we will certainly go back.

Promoting a book is hard work. I;ve been asked to do quite a few talks now, which is great, because we constantly need to get our books out there, in order to sell them, when most of us would rather shrug and not ask people. We're shy, most of us writers, and don't like to keep harassing people to buy our work. But nowadays we have to - so bear with us. We're just doing our job!

I was very touched when a 2nd year student at Falmouth University came up to buy a book, saying how inspirational I was. To have stuck out for doing what I want. I was so touched I could hardly speak. It quite made my evening....

8 comments:

Dc said...

Well done on your talk and walk. We are usually pooped after 2 hours max!

Flowerpot said...

We were pooped but got second wind after a cup of tea and a Kit Kat!!

Rena George said...

So glad your talk went well, Sue. I knew it would. And yes, you're right, promoting a book is never easy, particularly if you don't take kindly to blowing your own trumpet.
I'll be in touch about that blog interview. xx

Flowerpot said...

Rena - you know too well what the promotion business is like! Yes, please do get in touch XX

ADDY said...

That climb up from the beach looks steep! You must have some amazing walks all around you.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - it was very steep! We're very lucky with walks around here.

Trubes said...

Wow! That walk sounds amazing, I'd never be able to negotiate those step down to the beach in my wheelchair. So many places of natural beauty are not accessible to wheelchair users, which is a shame.
Glad you talk went down well,

Best wishes,
Di xx

Flowerpot said...

Di - no sadly most of the coastal footpath isn't negotiable by wheelchair which is a shame. Hope you are OK. Take care Sue xx