The good folks at Quercus decided it would be a good idea to meet their bloggers, and also introduce us to some of their new writers. I freaked out. If I was good around people I wouldn't have to hide behind a book all the time. Luckily, Bethan, who is the marketing manager at Quercus, convinced me to come, or I would have missed a smashing event.
Not only did I get a chance to meet the lovely staff at Quercus: Nicci Praca, who was my first contact at Quercus when I asked for a copy of Åsa Larsson's Until Thy Wrath be Past, Mark Thwaite, head of online, Nicola Budd, editorial assistant for Joe Fletcher Books, and many more.
There were also plenty of writers present. First, I had a chat with Eleanor Prescott, whose book Alice Brown's Lessons in the Curious Art of Dating is out in April this year. Tom Pollock, whom I met several times, was there as well. Tom's book, The City's Son, is also out this year.
There was of course quite a few bloggers there, and the first one I spoke to was Nikki from Notes of Life.
My buddy Free Bar and his sister Free Food made an appearance as well, which was great. I love seeing them, and I wish we could all meet up more often. It's not always good for me to spend too much time with them, but this time it went alright, and we parted as friends.
What was really cool though was the gift bag Quercus had prepared for each blogger. A big bag full of books. When I rifled through mine my first thought was, only chocolate could improve this, and that's when I found the bar of chocolate. Here's the rest.
Thanks to the staff at Quercus who organised this fantastic event. Cannot wait for the next one.