Hi all! I haven’t done one of these in a while because I haven’t been to any book events since the Victoria Aveyard signing I went to back in August, but this week , I got to go to a pretty cool event in Glasgow and so I thought I would share my experience with you guys, because let’s face it, that’s what I do!
The event I was going to was called New Voices 2018, it was run by Headline Books to introduce bloggers and booksellers to their debut authors for 2018. I didn’t really have any idea what the event was going to be like, I simply answered a call on Twitter for bloggers in the Glasgow area and was invited to come to the New Voices event by Georgina Moore, Communications Director at Headline Publishing.
The evening didn’t get off to the greatest start, unfortunately, the day of the event just happened to be the first snow of the year in Scotland, and it had snowed overnight and more during the day, so I was slightly worried I wouldn’t even be able to get out to Glasgow in the first place (I live at the University of Stirling campus in Bridge of Allan and have to get a bus into Stirling and then a train to Glasgow) and my friend Nicola, who was meant to be coming to the event with me, couldn’t make it because of the snow. So all in all, not the greatest start, but luckily the buses were running and I made it to the train station in time to get the train I needed to into Glasgow.
When I got there, I was a little early, so I waited at the station for a bit, before heading over to The Raven, where the event was being held. I had worried that I wouldn’t be able to find it, but it wasn’t far from the station and I made my way there quite easily. I wasn’t sure where everyone was when I arrived, but I headed upstairs and was then directed to the back room where the event was taking place.
I was greeted by the Headline Books team, and introduced to everyone and then directed to the free bar (I didn’t get ID’ed or anything, so exciting! I always get ID’ed, being small means that no one ever believes you’re legal to drink!), where I got a glass of wine. I was then introduced by Georgina to the other bloggers who had come to the event, and it turned out one of them had also come over from Stirling.
The event was nice and low key, low pressure which I liked, as often times there are a lot of people at these kinds of events and you never really get the chance to talk to anyone, and get super stressed because there’s so many people. so this was a nice change for me. We also got free food, which is guaranteed to make me love any event, I think food should be provided at every event ever! I spent most of the night talking to the other two bloggers, Nicole Sweeney and Mary Picken, which was nice as I don’t get the opportunity to meet other bloggers very often. I especially enjoyed spending time with Nicole as it turns out we’ve both been to YALC before and have just never crossed paths! We chatted a lot about our blogs and our favourite authors and everything, it was great.
I didn’t get to meet all of the authors, which was a shame, but they were quite busy talking to everyone and I get nervous around people, so it wasn’t like I was just going to go up to all of them and just say hi! I did get the chance to meet Nick Windo Clark and talk about his book The Feed, which sounds pretty cool, and gives off The Circle-esque vibes and he was really nice and interested in Nicole and I’s blogs, so it was nice to get the chance to talk to him. I also spoke to Karen Hamilton for a while (though not really about her book!) and she seemed really nice. I talked to Phoebe Locke very briefly at the start, but didn’t really see her much of the rest of the night and didn’t really see or speak to either of the other two authors.
Free proofs were provided and I took full advantage of that, bringing back 4 out of the 5 proofs available and I’m really excited to read all of them, especially The Feed because it sounds amazing!
It was really nice to get to meet the team from Headline Books, as I haven’t really had the chance to meet many people in the publishing industry, aside from very briefly at the stalls at YALC and you don’t really get to talk properly to them there. I got to meet the entire team, Jenny, Becky, Millie and Georgina and they were all lovely, especially Jenny who I spoke to for a while and it was so lovely to hear how passionate she was about her job. They were all really interested about blogging and what I do, which was really nice, it’s great when publishing people take an interest in bloggers and really seem to be grateful for what we do!
Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, and after a great night of chatting away to bloggers and publicists, full of food and free wine and with a bag full of proofs, I had to head home to Stirling. Whilst I managed to find my way to the event easily enough, I managed to miss the turn into the alley that leads back to the station in the dark, which meant I missed the train I had intended to get and had to get a later one. I also had to get a replacement bus back from Croy to Stirling, which was not fun and I got very snowed on and struggled to find a taxi back from Stirling to Uni because of the snow, but at least I had a great time at the event!
I don’t have any pictures I’m afraid, as it didn’t really seem like the kind of event where you could ask for pictures and I’ll be honest, I was having so much fun, I just totally forgot! Sorry all!
Did anyone else go to the New Voices events in Manchester or Bristol, or is anyone planning to go to the one in London? Let me know in the comments!
I will be back on Tuesday with a new Top Ten Tuesday for you all, so stay tuned for that!