To launch or not to launch


I never thought it worth bothering with a book launchthat always seemed to me to be for famous authors, Ian McEwan or William Boyd, not Joan Fallon. But when my latest book, Palette of Secrets, was published, the publisher suggested having a launch. Now, living in Spain, as I do, there are not many English language bookshopsthe usual place to launch a bookso, after a lot of thought, I decided to hold it in a local restaurant, close to the sea, and with plenty of space. It worked out better than I could have expected. A good crowd of people came along, some old friends and some, hopefully, new friends, some who had read my books and others who were interested in reading them, but all people who enjoyed a good book. The local press turned up and took some photographs. The food, a selection of excellent tapastortilla with broad beans, spring rolls, salmon mousse and much morewas delicious and, as it was lunchtime, people felt free to have a glass of wine or two to accompany it. It was relaxed and informal. I made a short introduction half way through and then a good friend read an extract from my book. It was a family effort – my daughter took photographs and my husband was in charge of selling books. I just had a good time!
So now I just want to say thank you to everyone who came along for making it such a success.

Palette of Secrets is available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and direct from S&H Publishing.

Joan Fallon is a writer and novelist living in Spain.