Back writing after a weekend of talking and signing
I did the first three events of the publicity round for LORD SUNDAY over the weekend, in various parts of Sydney. They were all very well attended, much to my relief. While I've been fortunate in recent years, earlier on in my career I have done talks for audiences of two or three, and even a few signings with no customers at all. While this gives you time for a nice cup of tea and a chat with the booksellers, it isn't what anyone would like and makes the prospect of the next one even more daunting. So thank you to everyone who came out on a very rainy Saturday and Sunday to buy books, listen to me talk and get books signed.
Interestingly, "signing" is a word I often mistype as "singing". So I have to be careful that I don't accidentally post an event where I will be "singing" instead of signing. I have a number of other words I always mistype and have to check, including tattogey*, jobbernoll** and eeler-whack***
From the last three words, it is probably easy to tell that I have been looking at one of my more obscure reference books, A DICTIONARY OF THE UNDERWORLD: BEING THE VOCABULARIES OF CROOKS, CRIMINALS, RACKETEERS, BEGGARS AND TRAMPS, CONVICTS, THE COMMERCIAL UNDERWORLD, THE DRUG TRAFFIC, THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC AND SPIVS.
I think it also has the longest sub-title of any book I own . . .
* A dice cloth used by cheats with loaded dice
** a simpleton
*** a confidence trickster