We’ve had a very busy week at Curtis Brown, preparing for Discovery Day on Saturday. This is a totally new experience for us, mobilising the entire book department, and on a weekend too. We’re all very excited, but we’re new at the business of organising events, and I suspect we have been driving the poor folk at Foyles absolutely barmy. We’ve been learning new skills, all of us: Rebecca Ritchie and Vanessa Bloor have become experts on posters and window displays, Lisa Babalis has been getting hundreds of leaflets printed up, Stephanie Thwaites arrived in work this morning armed with a dozen little clocks in lurid colours so we can make sure the pitch meetings run on time, the writers should get a proper meeting but we can’t fall behind with so many writers to meet. Today I’m running the second of two training sessions, briefing the agents. Frankly, it’s like herding cats. It’s going to be an exhausting but fun day for the CB book department. We’re fully booked but there may be no-shows so come join our wild card queue at Foyles, Charing Cross Road if you’d like to take your chances.
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