Dear Reader

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)The Reader1877Oil on canvasI have two publishing events coming up over the next few months. The mass market edition of A Humble Companion will be released on August 29th and then on October 10th my new novel, The Liar’s Daughter.

Last year I ventured into the world of social media and did what writers are now nagged to do: I put myself about. Was it worth the effort? Probably not. Did I learn anything from it? Certainly. I learned that it’s very easy to make a nuisance of yourself out there. I hope I wasn’t guilty of it and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t, but there are a lot of writers who now use the slightest flicker of interest as an excuse to yell at you about their new book. It’s rude, and it’s surely counter-productive.

So now I’m starting to think about ways to mark my own pub days, not for myself  –  that’s a no-brainer easily solved by Messrs Moet et Chandon  – but for my loyal readers. What do you like?  Virtual parties? Meet the Author events? Competitions? A polite reminder that there’s a new book out followed by respectful silence? Please write and tell me. I shall not lift a finger until I get some informed advice.


  1. Elizabeth Dunn on June 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    If I were living in London or Dublin I would love to go to a signing – and/or a little talk..You have the status and the number of readers to make that a great success. You could also bring a bottle of Moet et Chandon so everybody buys two copies instead of one.

    If you have enough followers on Twitter you could def. do a sort of competition like name your favourite character and I’ll tell you whether you’re right or not. Ha, ha..

    Or if you’ve got loyal book group followers you could bring them all together in one room and have a shindig just for them. With some of Laurie Graham’s famous recipes and nettle wine of course.

    Wow I’m so full of ideas I’ve exhausted myself.

    • Laurie Graham on June 26, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. I think you’d better come and be my publicist.

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