London Book Fair - Day 2

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With Rhiann Watts and Eliza Green

As I walked down Earls Court Gardens to start Day 2 at the London Book Fair, I still felt the buzz of Day 1. Or maybe it was the warmth of the sunshine on my face…

The Roma Nova badges seem to be catching on…

Liz Harris_Freda Lightfoot



I met up with Romantic Novelists’ Association members despite the crowds. Here are Liz Harris and Freda Lightfoot. I also drank coffee with Jenny Haddon and Evelyn Ryle.

Lovely to have bumped into long-standing Twitter friend Sam Missingham from Harper Collins. I asked her also to pass on my thanks to her colleague Liz Dawson who gave a terrific workshop on Tuesday about publicising books.

Silverwood lunchSilverWood authors – Debbie Young, David Ebsworth, Paul Murphy, Sandy Osborne, Harvey Black , Isabel Burt and me – and Helen Hart lunched together. We raised a glass to both our own achievements and to the high level of interest SilverWood Books was attracting at the fair.

Industry tips panel


More talks! I found two full of practical hints, mainly about marketing and visibility:  Successful Author-Publishing with top tips from each of an expert panel…


Rachel Abbott_Polly Courtney


…and The Hallmarks of Self-Publishing Success with Rachel Abbott and Polly Courtney. (Apologies for the picture quality – the lighting was dreadful!)


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Jane Davis, Joanne Phillips, Mel Sherratt



Then the networking began in earnest…

Karen Inglis_Roz Morris

Karen Inglis and Roz Morris

Hugh Howey and fans

Hugh Howey and fans











…which then continued at the Alliance of independent Authors  (ALLi) with readings, wine, food and (loud) conversation.




Helen Hart

Helen Hart





Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, Chele Cooke, Catriona Trot


Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy, SilverWood author, reading from his new book.









Read about Day 1 and Day 3


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is now out.

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4 comments to London Book Fair – Day 2

  • Looks a great day! So many faces I recognise. I met, Liz Harris at the Festival of Romance, she is a lovely person.

    • Alison

      Thanks, Glynis. Yes, just as exhausting, but fabulous. I’ve met so many familiar faces, both those who were virtual plus other ‘real’ people I knew before. This is where the LBF is terrific for authors.

  • silverwoodbooks

    I’m really enjoying this series of blogs, Alison. Our stand was so busy that I didn’t get to see much of the Fair, so I now feel I have by proxy. Thank you!