It's getting close! This time next week I'll be searching for clothes I haven't washed, toiletries I never actually bought, and leaving last minute instructions that make no sense for Caleb, who's kindly (begrudgingly) agreed to move into our house and take care of our menagerie--one devil cat, a highly strung poodle, a hooligan labradoodle puppy, and three unruly chickens--while we're gone.
I'm very excited. Bristol is a special place for Man Fox and I, plus I get to see my sista-from-another-mista Rachel Maybury, catch up with Jay, RJ, Monique, Susan, Lori, and Aleks, and, meet AJ Rose.
And, with Man Fox along for the ride, I don't have to park my car in the claustrophobic dungeon the Marriott calls a car park. Winner.
For the book fair, I will have limited copies of Slide, Rare, Only Love, Heart, and Misfits. These will be priced at cost, which is a round £6. I will also have a stack of the cutest little paperback copies of Shadow Bound. These will be lying around for FREE, so just pick one up whenever you're wandering past.
A word on photographs. I don't do them, and will be wearing a lanyard to show this. You are more than welcome to tackle hug me, or take pictures of my feet, tattoos, or name tag, but please don't ask to take a snap of my ugly mug, 'cause the answer will be NO! Take pictures of Rachel instead. She's hot.
On Saturday afternoon, Kellie Dennis and I will be hosting the cover art discussion group. This is where you can come and learn more about how the design process plays out...how it works with publishers vs indie, how stock sites work, and how to get the most from your relationship with your artist. Kellie and I are looking forward to meeting you all, and we've jointly designed a sparkly sign to celebrate.
Are we there yet?
Following the rebranding of garrettleigh.com six months ago, I have experienced continuing problems with the blogging application of my (ex) host, WIX.
This meant that after opening up my blog for fellow authors, first with Dreamspinner, then genre wide, I was spending hours wrestling with each and every post, trying to reason with the general fuckwittery that was WIX.
Needless to say, it didn't take me long to lose patience with it all. That meant either closing the blog to guest posts, or stamping my feet and jumping ship back to Weebly, where I should have stayed to begin with. Lesson learned? WIX are a bunch of knobheads. Don't be fooled by their shiny new TV adverts. If you want to retain your hair, stick with what you know.
I'd like to say this is the start of my blogging rebirth--that you will get weekly posts from me, filled with lively updates and scintillating news--but in the real world, it's business as usual: sporadic cat-themed rambling from Chez-Garrett, and wonderful promotional posts from authors who are far more diligent than me.
Authors, please contact me however you like, FB, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), smoke signals...whatever. If I've got a slot and you're not promoting squirrel porn, you're more than welcome.
Garrett Leigh is an award winning and LAMBDA nominated romance author, published with Riptide Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, and Fox Love Press.