Feeling a bit better after my decision to stay small. Trouble is finding somewhere to hold the book signing on Halloween. Originally I asked Quex Barn who said yes, then when Waterstones said yes too, I informed Ian at Quex I wouldn't be using their premises. I think he was a bit disappointed, now I think I'm going to have to go and grovel and apologize and ask if he minds again.
It seems there are no local independent bookshops anymore, unless you count second-hand ones. I did think about Wyevale but my guess is it would be the same result. Shell out loads of money for little or no return. While I know writing doesn't earn much, JK Rowling willing, I don't want to be much out of pocket.
Talking about JK, why when you mention you write etc does 'everyone' and I mean everyone, say "Watch out JK Rowling"? I could scream. I'd be rich if I simply charged people £1 each time they uttered those depressing words. Do you know how depressing her name is?
Not least because she couldn't get published for 6 years under her own first name (because she was female) She had to resort to her initals to get a look in. Now you've got me started, I better stop...