Writing is a solitary business so it's important to celebrate your book's birth into the world. The launch doesn't have to be a fanciful, costly affair, but if you want to spread the word wider than just family and friends, read on.
A car and driver are outside to take us to the convention center, so we head out. We arrive a few minutes early and are led by security through the convention center floor. On the way, I spot the stage where I'll be speaking and the attendees who are already seated and waiting for my appearance to begin...
For those unfamiliar with the series, Adventure Time follows human Finn, a "mighty hero" who is compelled to protect good from evil - and he's just 12 years old. Mysteriously parentless, Finn scours the land of Ooo getting into all sorts of scrapes along the way.
A petition has started. We the people are going to try and get the Canal and River Trust to see sense and let Word on the Water get a permanent home. To give London a lasting bastion for literacy, calm and recycling. Somewhere I can show my children that bookshops are exciting and cool. Where my friend can make a living doing something good for the city.
Back in the 1980s while I was researching my First War novel, Chalkhill Blue, I was sent to meet a solid, gruffly spoken little woman who was reputed to know more about the Western Front than anyone alive