Book Launch

I’ve been lax about blogging here because I’ve been busy guest blogging for other sites, but I thought I’d share some quick thoughts about the wonderful release party thrown by West End Lane Books, my local NW6 indie bookshop.

Danny van Emden has been involved with the METAWARS project since it was a draft manuscript.  She has enthusiastically supported the book and I’ve taken great delight over the past few weeks popping in and hearing her share stories of satisfied customers asking for me.  So it was wonderful that West End Lane Books threw a METAWARS party last night.

A fantastic group of old friends, new friends, and fantastic publishing people braved the rain (and resisted the temptation to stay in and read A Casual Vacancy) to toast the launch of the series.

I was particularly glad that local author Anthony McGowan(who’s own launch just a few months ago for the riveting Leopard Adventure was also held at WEL Books) could be there along with Andy Stanton, author of the fantastic Mr. Gum books.

My editor from Orchard Books, the now-freelance Catherine Coe, was there and it was such an honour to toast the book she and I have been working on for nearly three years.

Writer Tom Fickling was on hand, sharing copies of his The Phoenix weekly comic (including his awesome Simon Swift strip).


Media mogul Richard Wheatly, chief executive of JazzFM  was there to celebrate – and I’ll be on JazzFM tomorrow morning with David Freeman on the Taking Notes show.

A big special thanks to Rebecca Hearne from Orchard Books who has been tirelessly spreading the METAWARS good word.  It was lovely to reconnect with digital media champion Kirsty Bell and journalist Eddie Fremantle.  The charming Ben Kingsmill, managing director for the leading branding agency, Goosebumps, was on great form as always.

Documentary filmmaker Daniel Baldwin was there to relive the magic of the short doc he shot about the origins of the books (watch my tweets for news when you can see it).

And of course, the most important person in the room was my gorgeous wife Sidonie, to whom the book is dedicated.

Thanks to everyone who came out for a fabulous evening!

Looking forward to another party to mark the release of THE DEAD ARE RISING, coming November 1st, 2012.

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