The Bestseller Experiment Live Show

Wednesday 31st August, 6:30pm at Waterstones, Canterbury

The UK’s favourite podcast for writers celebrates 400 episodes with a special live show at Waterstones, Canterbury. 

Join me and a panel of amazing writers including Rowan Coleman, Pernille Hughes, Nadine Matheson and Julie Wassmer. 

After six years and 400 episodes, we’ll be asking if writing is a job for life. In these uncertain times, can an author really earn a living from just their writing?

Our authors share their experiences of being an author in an ever-changing world. 

Oh, and this is a celebration! There will be wine, cake, a chance to meet the authors, a book signing and plenty of surprises. 

Join us in person at Waterstones, Canterbury. Tickets are £5 (free for students) and redeemable against a book purchase on the night.

Or join us on the Youtube live stream here.

The Ghost of Ivy Barn Launch – Watch it on Youtube…

I’m still buzzing from an amazing launch event at Waterstones in Canterbury last night. It was wonderful to see so many people turn up in person and online, and it was great to finally launch one of the Woodville books in person (the first came out during lockdown, and I had Covid for the second). It was all such a blur. Catching up with old friends — including one of the teachers who inspired me to write — and making lots of new ones. My thanks to all of you for coming and I hope to see you all again soon.

We live-streamed the event thanks to some technical wizardry from filmmaker Douglas Ray. We had some mischief switching between live and pre-recorded feeds with our ghost towards the end. You can watch it here…

My thanks to all at Waterstones, Canterbury for making us feel so welcome, to Douglas, Kai, Emily, George, Claire, Emily Bracknell and our wizards and witches.

One Week to the Launch of The Ghost of Ivy Barn…

Stand by for updates on the in-person event, a live-streaming event, and a free sneak peek at the opening chapter!

You — yes you! — are cordially invited to the launch of the next Witches of Woodville book THE GHOST OF IVY BARN on Thursday 7th July, 2022 at Waterstones, Canterbury…

But why should one come to a book launch? What even happens at a book launch? Here are some helpful pointers for book launch virgins…

  • I will greet you all and give a short reading from the book (I promise this will be 4 minutes or less!)
  • I will take questions from those gathered and answer them without repetition or hesitation. Probably.
  • The signing will begin!
  • There will be cake, which is free! (okay, technically included with the ticket price)
  • There will be wine and soft drinks, also free! (see above)
  • You will get a fiver off the first book you purchase. That basically means if you buy a book you’re getting in for free… this also applies to students, who get in free anyway!
  • You can meet the me in person, and I’ve had all my jabs and will have hand sanitiser on standby.
  • You can get your books signed, dedicated, personalised, scribbled/doodled on by me.
  • You can ask me questions that you didn’t want to ask in front of the others (or you thought of them while standing in line).
  • You can get your book stamped with the official Woodville Library stamp (while ink lasts)!
  • You can get a free Witches of Woodville bookmark (while stocks last).
  • You can have your photograph taken with me, a wizard, a witch, a ghost, or all of us!
  • Did we mention the cake?

This is the first time I’ve been able to launch a Woodville book in person. The Crow Folk was published in lockdown, and I had Covid when Babes in the Wood was published, so I would love to see as many of you good people as possible, so book a minibus and crash the party!

To ensure your place at the launch, simply visit those splendid people at Waterstones by clicking here.

JOIN US ON THE INTERWEBS WITH LIVE STREAMING

But if you can’t make it on the night, fear not… you can join us live on Youtube! Yes, we’re also streaming the event live, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions like everyone else, and there will even be some exclusive spooky content for streamers (if we can get the technical jiggery-pokery to work). You will have to provide your own cake and beverage, however. To join us on YouTube, simply click here.

FREE CHAPTER SAMPLE

Psst? Want a sneak peek at the first chapter of The Ghost of Ivy Barn? Simply click here to download it. This is the sort of thing normally reserved for subscribers to the Woodville Village Library Newsletter, but I like the look of you, so you can get it too. If you like what you see, you can find all kinds of pre-order links when you click on the book cover below.

If you want access to free and exclusive Woodville stories, then you can sign up for the newsletter here.

Crikey, just two months till THE GHOST OF IVY BARN is published…

I know, I’m just as stunned as you are. The third of the Witches of Woodville books arrives on 7th July 2022, and we’re having a special launch party at Waterstones, Canterbury and you’re all invited. There will be cake, real witches and wizards, free wine and did I mention the cake? Tickets are a fiver, but that comes off the RRP of any books you buy on the night, so that’s a pretty good deal. You can grab tickets here.

The proof cover arrived this week and… Well, I know I’m biased, but it’s a thing of beauty. Harry Goldhawk‘s artwork is as spectacular as ever, and there are some lovely quotes and possibly the first blurb to ever use the phrase, “The ritual must be executed in the nuddy.”

The book will be available as a paperback, eBook and audiobook read by Candida Gubbins. You can pre-order them all right now, and there are some handy links here if you need them.

I’m also running a reader survey. I’d like to know more about my lovely readers, including what they like/dislike about the books, the other stuff they read, and what sort of Woodville merch/swag they might like. If you’ve read the books, do please complete the survey. It’s all GDPR-compliant, so your personal data will be safe, and you can be entered into a draw to win one of five 100g bars Ghost of Ivy Barn-branded milk chocolate (see below).

You can complete the survey here. To ensure that you’re entered into the draw, the survey needs to be completed by 1700 BST on 15th May 2022.

The terms and conditions for the giveaway are here.

And my privacy policy which ensures the safety of your data is here.