Monday 5 December 2011

A Day in the Life

With Christmas approaching, events are hotting up and I'm out in bookshops every Saturday and Sunday between now and Christmas, with signings every day between 17th and 22nd December. On Sunday I remembered to take my camera to Waterstones in Uxbridge and here's a photo record of my day:

I arrived before the store opened. I like to be early! Luckily I knew a coffee shop was just over the road so I was able to take a break before the day had even begun.

As usual, the bookshop put on a great display.

Here we go with the first sale of the day! Pretty soon the books were flying off the table, with a lot of fans dropping by for Road Closed and Dead End. Like the first guy to buy one of my books, readers new to Geraldine Steel were happy to buy Cut Short.

A lot of readers decided to buy all 3 books, either for themselves or as Christmas presents. Here's a selection of customers w ho were kind enough to agree to let me photograph them in the bookshop!

This lady bought a few copies of Dead End  as Christmas presents.

At last Michael arrived at 3 o'clock and we went out for tea!
Another book signing event was over, we had virtually sold out, with just 4 books left for the shelves, and the bookshop was pleased.
I really enjoy signing at this store and look forward to returning there
in 2012.
Thank you to Waterstones in Uxbridge for hosting a signing, and to all the local readers who came in to support their local bookshop.


Guillaume said...

I haven't been to a Waterstone's in ages...

Stella Jones said...

Looks great, your display, kindly arranged by the shop staff? You are now a Pro. are you not? and an inspiration to the rest of us.

Best wishes for a lovely Christmas season.

BernardL said...

Very neat, Leigh. Authors now own nearly everything to do with promoting and selling their books, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I'm glad your experiences have been good. I've passed by book signings where the author sits amid a ton of books with no one in sight either then or later when I'm leaving the mall.

Leigh Russell said...

Check out my schedule on and come along to one of my signings at Waterstones, Guillaume!

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Star. The staff in Waterstones are always helpful. Yes, I'm beginning to feel like a real pro, Star. I even have my own bookmarks!!! I'll have to scan them and post a photo of them here.

Leigh Russell said...

It's sad when authors sit in bookshops and there's no one there. I've done that many times. It's so depressing seeing an empty bookshop.

Chris Stovell said...

Wow! Lovely turn-out for you. I had to bribe people with chocolate to get them to come over to me!! Congratulations on your success.

Leigh Russell said...

Hmmm chocolate, eh, Chris? I must come along to one of your signings! Mine only have books on offer, I'm afraid.

David P Perlmutter said...

Just came across your blog and how fantastic for you to have a wonderful day at Waterstone's, well done. How proud you must be.

I am not an author by any means but I am putting on my blog about an experiebce that happen to me.

You are more than welcome to follow and comment. I have had some good reviews....

Well done again and have a great 2012.

My link to my blog is

Dave Perlmutter