London Book Fair

I’m pretty excited that today is Monday.  Before all of you start asking if I am ill let me explain why.  Before I moved from Boston to London I worked full-time in an office.  In my free time I was writing a novel.  When we decided to move to London, we thought this would be a good opportunity for me to finish it.

Today I am attending the London Book Fair.  This is my first event of this type.  The conference, which lasts three days, has many seminars on topics that I’m excited to learn about.

To be honest, I didn’t know about the London Book Fair until a couple of days ago.  While on a walk with my dog, I walked by the place where it will be held and saw the sign.  I went home and looked into it and found out that it’s a conference.  The decision was a no-brainer.  There is no time like the present to chase after my dream of becoming a published author. I have heard that writing conferences are a good way to learn and to meet people within the publishing world.

I will be at the conference for three days, which means that it make take me longer than normal to respond to your comments and to visit your blogs.

I hope all of you have a wonderful three days.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
This entry was posted in Books and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

82 Responses to London Book Fair

  1. Oh, I’m so jealous! Have fun! I look forward to your posts all about it!

  2. Grace Louise says:

    This sounds like a great idea! Best of luck and I hope it gives you all the inspiration you need to finish your novel.

  3. kahyehm says:

    OMG! I love book fairs… I love anything that has books and words in it… 🙂

  4. niasunset says:

    This is a wonderful news dear TBM, and sounds so exciting too… I wished to be there too. Good Luck for your writing, I haven’t known that you were writing a novel… How beautiful. I wish you to have a nice Book Fair experience in these three days… Thank you, with my love, nia

  5. scrapydo says:

    Wow, good on you! Enjoy the 3 days

  6. Jo Bryant says:

    Enjoy yourself…so jealous right now.

  7. I always knew there was a reason why we get along so well. I too have a dream of writing a novel one day! For the time being though, I write book reviews for a company, so when you finish your novel I would love to review it for you!! Did you notice that I said “when” not “if” because I know you will do it! Have a great time at the book fair. 🙂

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Sometimes the opportunities we stumble into are the most rewarding. Enjoy!

  9. zannyro says:

    Oh I am jealous!!! I had seen this about a year ago, listed in Book and Author events and would love to go sometime…don’t leave out any details when you report back in! 🙂 Have fun!!

    • TBM says:

      I’ll do my best to share everything I learn. I only hope you guys don’t get sick of all the posts I’m planning starting next week.

  10. Sarah says:

    What a great step to take! You’re already that much closer to your dream.

  11. Dounia says:

    That sounds fantastic – have a wonderful time!

  12. Madhu says:

    All the best TBM! Have a great time!

  13. fgassette says:

    When opportunity knocks, you answer. Enjoy yourself and learn much plus do a little networking for the future. That book publishing is just around the corner. Don’t worry about us, we will always be here.


  14. pagesofjulia says:

    Super excited for you! Go get ’em!

  15. Fergiemoto says:

    How exciting! Hope it’s fun. That’s awesome that you are working on a novel!

  16. Best of luck at the conference! What is your book about?

  17. Caroline says:

    I hope you can make the most of it. Good luck with the fair and the writing as well.

  18. Gilly Gee says:

    We will forgive you not being here if, IF, you tell us all about it 🙂

  19. What a great opportunity! Knock ’em dead!

  20. The Hook says:

    A writer’s conference? Let me know how it works out for you, please?

  21. Carol says:

    I hope you have a wonderful experience at the conference!

  22. Good luck. Hope it’s all you want it to be! 🙂

  23. sarajohanne says:

    That’s great! Good luck and enjoy your conference! 😀

  24. Myra GB says:

    Hi TBM, I love attending book fairs and conferences, but perhaps for different reasons – as an academic, I usually end up doing either the organizing or the presenting or the facilitating of sessions or inviting guests – always something that I look forward to and enjoy with relish. I’m pretty geared up as well with our upcoming festival here in Singapore. Hope you can come for that as well, we have huge publishers coming over (e.g. Sarah Odedina who published JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, for instance) and wonderful speakers such as Leonard Marcus and Margarita Engle. Come to Singapore! And do tell us all about the London Book Fair, would love to hear the things you’ve learned and seen in the Fair. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I loved the fair and I have so much to share with all of you. The Singapore event sounds amazing! I wish I could make it. We are contemplating Singapore next year though. Enjoy your event and I’m jealous that you have a more hands on role with book fairs and conferences. I met many wonderful academics over the past few days. It is an amazing place to have conversations with people from all over.

  25. Lynne Ayers says:

    I hope you will share some of the nuggets you learn – ?

  26. Novroz says:

    how fun…enjoy yourself. We will be waiting for your report.

    I didnt know you write a novel, would love to read about it

  27. Valentina says:

    The easy part is to write a book, but market and sell the book takes a lot more efforts and energy. Good luck on the book.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Valentina…marketing is difficult. I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to the challenge someday.

      • Valentina says:

        I wrote three books, the last one will come out on the market in about a month. My personal experience in writing them has been really pleasant and wonderful, but marketing, although I like it, is not as easy. I think that’s the same for any product.

    • TBM says:

      I wish you all the luck with your books!

      • Valentina says:

        Thank you TBM,
        two of my books are published and are on Barnes&Nobles and Amazon. If any of you have some time, please check them out: The third one is in the printing at this time. Just one suggestion when you will start your book marketing: do one or two action steps a day and you will go very far.

      • TBM says:

        Thanks for the tips Valentina. And thanks for the links to your books. So exciting that your third one is in printing.

  28. IsobelandCat says:

    And may you have a wonderful, hopeful and exciting three days too! Good luck!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Isobel. I’m a little sad that it is over but it is nice to get back into my routine. Miles missed his afternoon walks.

  29. After reading that you were excited about it being Monday I was a little confused. Now I’m jelous!

  30. zelmare says:

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy. 🙂

  31. mac says:

    Good luck buddy – just go for it!!!

  32. 52BrandNew says:

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy!!!

  33. Pingback: Mistborn Group Read, Part 2 | 50 Year Project

  34. msbuzzz says:

    All d best 🙂 That is a great news 🙂

  35. Carl V. says:

    Happy to see you pursuing a dream. They don’t become reality any other way. Hope you had and are having fun. Also hope you can find some treasures there.

  36. I’ve always wanted to write. It could be a story, an essay or an article in a magazine or newspaper. But right now, I’m a bit far from that dream, lol. I hope I could try pursuing it someday too. Best wishes for the writing conference and to your plans of pursuing your writing career. 🙂

Thanks for commenting, I would love to hear from you.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s