A Stake in Transylvania – the English edition of my book first published in Romanian translation (Din Liverpool în Carpati) – is now published, at long last. The book was launched with a reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Bucharest, where the guests from business, the book world, the British community and friends heard Ambassador Andrew Noble extol the book as a paean to … Continue reading It’s out – and proud
I’ve just found this video from the Romanian Cultural Institute’s event at the 2018 London Book Fair. I was very much the easy-reading grit in the academic literary oyster… My bit starts 1 hr 11 mins in. Continue reading Romania at the London Book Fair
Another jolly interview, thanks to Transylvania Beyond – lots of photos in this one. Continue reading By bat or magic carpet
Thanks to the Romania Journal for some keen questions in yesterday’s interview. I opted to be candid, since cautious answers make for an anodyne read… What do you think – should I have responded more neutrally? Continue reading Candour or caution?
On the first day of Bookfest 2019 in Bucharest, I had an audience to talk about my book A Stake in Transylvania. This is how much I enjoyed it. Thanks to Bookfest’s clever photographer… And at the very end of the day, as a very unexpected bonus, the British Ambassador introduced me to one Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania. And to my great surprise, he … Continue reading What a day! Bookfest 2019
Following on from Bucharest’s spring fair Bookfest, I wrote the cover feature for OZB magazine. I plan to write more, to give an airing to various aspects of Romania’s book world – not just to give readers a better idea of how much value they get for their 40 lei, but to spot opportunities in the publishing world and to highlight good practice and book … Continue reading Book world in the spotlight
Dahlia’s Pet Detectives (Dalia si micii detectivi) will be in the spotlight at the end of next week (Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) when my new book is launched at Bucuresti’s Bookfest (Romexpo). If you read Floss the lost puppy, you’ll recognise the village of Fân (Hay) where Dahlia and Chip are neighbours and schoolmates of Thea and Tudor Thimble. A … Continue reading Dahlia and friends take a bow
That’s the plan… I should be with the Romanian Cultural Institute on 10th April to launch their LBF event at 1pm in the Olympia venue – and again that evening at Waterstones Gower Street. Have a look at the event link here. But will I make it? I’m waiting to hear from my housesitters, due to arrive in Romania today to look after my animals … Continue reading Will I be at the London Book Fair?
Your first book is published. Fame at last! Followed swiftly by fortune, one hopes. But will your publisher help you along the way to fame? Unlikely, unless you’re already famous. This article outlines the truth of book marketing for unknown authors, but be prepared for unvarnished truth you might find deeply depressing. All that effort to get the book written, perfected, and published… and the copies … Continue reading Marketing myths for the debut author
The latest Floss review came in today, from Alex Tatulescu who lives near London. I hope you can read the image – it’s so nice to read his letter as he wrote it. In case the image isn’t quite clear enough, you can read his review here. And yes, Alex, I’ve already started the next book. It’s set in the same village, but it’s a … Continue reading Is it safe to publish?