OK, so I’m definitely going to be at the Midwinter Fair at Alphen aan den Rijn this weekend. Schedule is as follows:
4.00 pm – Brief talk on expectations in epic fantasy, brief reading from Best Served Cold, opportunity for questions and signing.
4.44 pm – Buried under a hail of abuse and rotten vegetables by the 6 irate Dutch fantasy fans who stayed until the end.
14.30 pm – Brief talk on expectations in epic fantasy, brief reading from Best Served Cold, opportunity for questions and signing, now somewhat nervous after the hail of abuse and rotten vegetables yesterday.
15.29 pm – buried under a hail of abuse and rotten vegetables again.
15.30 pm (or as soon as vegetables are cleared) – Panel – Sense of Wonder, with Anne West, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and W.J. Maryson.
No less than four interviews with assorted fantastical press in Amsterdam – even I’ll be sick of talking about myself after that lot (alright, you got me, I won’t at all) – before hopping on the flight back to London. Home before midnight.
First significant foreign publicity trip I’ll have done, not to mention the first talk I’ll have given to readers, and the first reading I’ll have done, for that matter, so I am somewhat excited/nervous. The first book has only just come out in Holland, so it seems unlikely I will be besieged by fans, but I guess they read quite a lot in English out there anyway, so we will see…