Last night I strapped on my ‘Big Girl’ boots…

…and went for my first ever, publishing industry related, invite only, super awesome event.

Last week I was invited by The Friday Project out to Harper Collins HQ here in London to meet (genius!) writer Andrew Kaufman.  Kaufman is the author of “All My Friends Are Superheroes” (five stars from me), “The Tiny Wife” (another five), “The Waterproof Bible” (haven’t read yet) and his newest novel, “Born Weird” (more about this later).

Needless to say as a wannabe writer getting an invite out to Harper Collins I was pretty much in some sort of fog on excitement.  N even got excited for me and went so far as to have business cards made!

Anyhow, the event last night was fantastic and I made some great contacts—(THE) BookCunt, Helen Smith and Alice from HC to name a few.  I also got to chat with Andrew Kaufman… mainly about snowmen, math equations and the use of silence by the Brits as a form of showing disapproval.  I didn’t get to talk to as many people as I would have liked but hopefully this isn’t the last time I’m invited out to a HC event… after all I failed to make a massive tit of myself thank goodness!

Most excitingly, everyone at last night’s shindig got a goody back full of upcoming titles from 4th Estate:

Sorry about the camera phone photo… I was too excited to get out the big, bad camera.

Keep an eye out for reviews for the above books.  I’m really excited specifically about the Charlotte Roche and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titles… and of course Kaufman’s “Born Weird”.  Oooh exciting!


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3 thoughts on “Last night I strapped on my ‘Big Girl’ boots…

  1. Interesting choice of books they gave away 🙂 I didn’t even know Charlotte Roche was translated in English, to be honest.
    I do know, though, that both her books were quite a big success here in Germany, nevertheless, not really my first choice when it comes to choosing books for “pleasure reading”…
    I really like your blog, though, and will stop by a bit more often in the future 🙂
    Enjoy your time in London (which, to be honest, is the love of my life 😉 )

  2. Thanks for subscribing and commenting!

    I actually am working on a post stemming from one of yours–“Public places, private memories”. I hope you don’t mind!

    I read Roche’s “Wetlands” and didn’t like it but enjoyed reading it, if that makes sense. It was one of those books that’s really difficult to like because of the subject matter but actually it was a guilty pleasure of mine while I read it. Really excited to read “Wrecked.”

    Hope to see you around on here!

    1. sure, go ahead 🙂 I’m glad you found some inspiration on my blog 🙂

      and I totally understand, what you mean. I never finished “Wetlands”, as at some point the dislike for the subject matter actually won over my stubbornness to never leave a book unfinished. 😀 I think hers is one of the first books ever that I really never finished reading but who knows, maybe I’ll pick it up again at some point. 🙂

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