Month: March 2023

A mini-round of Scottish proof drops!

Had the chance to visit some lovely local bookshops around Scotland for some proof drops! (I.e., giving out free advance copies of OHP to bookshop staff in order to woo them and convince them to order a billion copies for their shop when the book comes out… 😉 )

My lovely publicist Izzie guided me through my very first round of proof drops down in London, and I have to admit I was pretty surprised at how they work – essentially, one just shuffles up the nearest cashier and… hands them a book. (And then you chat with them about it for a while, of course, depending on how many customers are waiting.) But it’s really funny seeing the moment when a bookseller’s face changes from “Why won’t you hand over that book you’re holding so I can scan it?” to “OH! Wait! You’re giving ME a book!” 😂

Thank you so much to the lovely booksellers at Waterstones Stirling, The Book Nook, Waterstones Falkirk, and Waterstones Livingston for the warm welcome, and I hope you enjoy OHP. Happy reading!

Q&As, Cocktails, & Badgers: A very busy few days in London

Earlier this week, I had the absolute delight of going down to London to visit my UK publisher, Transworld, and participate in a few very cool book events! I’ve been to Transworld before, for a very short whirlwind visit last May, so it was wonderful to see everyone again and spend some more time with the fabulous team publishing OHP.

On Tuesday, I did an internal Q&A for some Transworld staff with my lovely editor, Kirsty. Then we went on to an amazing venue called Mr. Fogg’s Society of Exploration for a blogger/Instagrammer/book reviewer event – we gave out goodie bags and proofs, had some fabulous custom cocktails, and I had the pleasure of chatting with a bunch of super talented book reviewers (whose photos of the event turned out far better than mine! 😅)

The next day, I went out with Transworld’s wonderful press officer, Izzie, to visit a number of different bookshops around London, dropping off proof copies of OHP (and packets of Cadbury’s mini eggs…;) )

All the booksellers I met were so nice and welcoming, and a couple of them had even pre-ordered copies of OHP already! Daunt Books was especially pretty (and gave us a lovely free tote bag!), as were the beautiful Goldsboro and Hatchard’s; and to finish off the day, I spend about 2 solid hours wandering around Waterstones Piccadilly, the largest bookshop in Europe!

I’m so, so grateful to all my publishing team at Transworld for arranging this trip, and I can’t wait for all the other fun events leading up to OHP’s publication. Goodbye for now, London!

CEM

OHP’s First Starred Review!

Fabulous news: Our Hideous Progeny has just received its first starred review! 🤩

You can read the full thing at Publishers Weekly; I’m so thrilled to be the recipient of such a lovely review (and also giggling at the quote they pulled – “Frankenstein, but, like, with dinosaurs” indeed!). Thanks so much to the reviewers of PW!

— CEM

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