Angus & Robertson at Port Macquarie

It's coming to the close of summer here, and we've recently been on holiday at Port Macquarie, which is a lovely coastal town to the north of Sydney. It's a family favourite because the beaches are terrific.

I wandered into the local Angus & Robertson book store (a major chain), and sitting on the shelves were copies of The Pericles Commission!

I instantly offered to sign them, and Marlita the assistant store manager said yes please and popped on "Signed by the author" stickers. I still find it very weird to walk up to a store person and ask if they'd like me to scribble in their product.

Marlita and Friends

Here's how popular Port Macquarie is for holidays: Marlita commented I was the fourth author to walk in within the space of two weeks, and we were all there on holiday. Clearly a very literary place. So if you're looking for a signed book, Port Macquarie seems to the place to be.


Sarah W said...

It sounds like a lovely place to shop for a book, signed or otherwise!

But I think I'll have to wait for your autograph until you come back to the U.S. to tour for Nico's second adventure . . . you are coming back, yes?

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

How lovely to see your book at the store. Makes the vacation seem more festive, doesn't it?

Stephanie Thornton said...

Sounds like a lovely vacation and a wonderful book store! I hope you got to relax and didn't have to work on Book #3 during the trip.

Gary Corby said...

@Sarah: Another US tour for sure, though when it'll be I don't know. The fan convention dates are not looking good compared to my likely release dates. Bouchercon has been moved forward a month, which makes sense for Bouchercon but not for me, since it makes no sense to turn up without a new book. So it may be my next trip will be first quarter next year instead. We'll have to see.

@Vicky: Makes the vacation seem strange!

@Stephanie: As it happens, we took the copy edits for book 2 with us, and we did the final check through while we were there! If it's any compensation, I've slacked off totally ever since.

Jennifer Hillier said...

I can't even imagine how awesome it must feel to walk into a bookstore and see your work on the shelves. Sounds like they were delighted you stopped in! You're living the dream. :)

Trisha Leigh said...

Ah, I want to go to the beach! I'd settle for temps over 30 degrees.

Sounds like you had a lovely time with the family. So awesome to see your book in the wild. I'm reading it now :)

Gary Corby said...

Do let me know what you think, Trisha!

Jennifer, I was warned that some store owners would not be keen for their stock to be signed, but so far I've found universal happiness, which is cool.