Over the past few days I’ve managed to get out and meet some of our authors. It reconfirmed for me how important this is.
Despite requesting or suggesting on a couple of occasions to the editors of my published works that we meet, the offer was never taken up leaving communication to be by email except for the odd occasion that I dared interrupt them with a phone call.
Face to face interaction is still number one and it’s amazing what can come out of these encounters.
On Thursday, I got a snippet into what inspired Ray Wooster to write about a young 14 year old boy having an affair with an older woman – during his working life he apparently encountered a number of men who disclosed this to him. It was clearly more common than generally believed in the 1940s and 1950s.
Jennie Willett was another inspiration – Jennie is just one of those people who inspire. We feed off each other in a most positive and creative way. Having worked together in a previous life, we have a common understanding about looking forward and empowering people to take control of their lives and explore new opportunities.
Meeting with Keith Howard confirmed that good old-fashioned gentle men still exist but oh, what a good time they had too! I could sit and listen to his stories for ages – let’s hope he puts more of them on paper …
A joint meeting with Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate was another highlight. Although not (yet) published by TSL, sharing ideas and experiences of the book world as well as exploring ways of collaborating was uplifting and invigorating whilst also being realistic.
Our authors and those we work with might not be household names but boy, do they inspire and help one grow and develop.
Having had these encounters recently and having met Maya Alexandri with her infectious energy when we visited New York last year, I can’t wait to meet Robbie and Michael Cheadle when I visit South Africa in the near future.
As TSL’s network of authors continues to grow, I sincerely hope we continue to maintain the personal touch. By all accounts, at least from what I’ve been told, it’s a vital two way process.Share