Long Ears Legacy © Debbie D Daley

EVENT: Fiction Fix, Samms Bar, Bridge Street, Peterborough – Sunday 1 December at 8pm till 10:30pm

 I shall be reading an excerpt from my Long Ears Legacy spin-off Christmas adventure at Fiction Fix - a regular event devised and organised by the lovely Helen Gould. Helen, like me is a self-published author and literacy advocate - look out for her writing workshops. If you'd like an evening listening to some independent writers reading their work, come along and support them tonight. Despite my feeling a little nervous, it's my first time reading to a group of adults, I hope to see you there.

NEWS: Books in Bourne Bookshop (16.11.2019)

Imagine my surprise and delight when I recently went into our local bookshop – Bourne bookshop – and discovered that, true to her word, the owner had obtained copies of my books. As I perused the shelves for a book for my nephew’s birthday, there they were on the shelf next to the brilliant and incomparable Roald Dahl! If I hadn’t had a cold at the time I would have hugged the owner and danced around the shop. My books in a bookshop for the very first time! I can’t thank the owner enough for supporting me. So, if you’d like a signed copy of the books, they’re available in Bourne Bookshop, Burghley Centre, Bourne, Lincolnshire. They’ve got lots of other amazing books and games there too. (Photographic evidence in the Gallery.)

NEWS UPDATE: Waterstones of Peterborough (14.11.2019)

It is with huge disappointment, and not a little embarrassment, that I have to report that Waterstones of Peterborough will not be stocking any copies of my books after all. Following numerous emails to find out what was happening, I finally received an email from the manager to say that their buyer, despite being asked three times by said manager, had not ordered the books. But I was also told that a new buyer had been recruited and asked to now order the books. And so, I waited again with growing excitement, which I shared with my followers of my Facebook page. Then a few days later I received another email and was told that they wouldn’t be getting the books into the store as they were unable order them via their “system”. I was confused, as well as disappointed, as when I had originally been into the store, to ask if they supported local and self-published authors, I was told yes and that the manager could see my books on, I assume, the same system.

I contacted my publisher – FeedaRead.com – and was assured that all booksellers in the UK can and do order books from the printers Gardiners, who print my books, and so Waterstones should be able to obtain them. Steve at FeedaRead.com even sent me a link to the books via Gardiners. I sent this information to the manager at Waterstones on the 30th October and the latest is – they haven’t replied.

So, it seems to me, it may well just have been an excuse not to order in the books. I shouldn’t take it personally I know, as you wonderful people who have read the books have fed back to me how much you enjoy them, but it has felt like yet another slap in the face from the literary world. Not only have I been rejected numerous times by literary agents to represent me (I’ve given up on that by the way), but when I, like so many other self-published authors, try to represent myself I have once again come up against a brick wall.

On a more positive note, I have also visited a new local bookshop to discuss whether they would support me by having copies of the book and they have said that they will. The owner also very kindly said that when book 4 is published she is happy to hold a book signing, which is wonderful. It is for reasons like this, that it’s important to support your local independent bookshops to ensure they thrive against the big boys. So often you can find real treasures that you won’t be able to find in those large corporate stores as they have the autonomy to make their own decisions about what they stock. Sadly, though many have given up over the years but hopefully we are beginning to see a resurgence of these wonderful additions to our communities. So my message is: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE!

In the meantime, I’m going to keep on writing and plugging away at trying to share my stories with the wider world. And so my second message is: THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME.

NEWS: Waterstones Peterborough to have copies of The Long Ears Legacy on their shelves

On Saturday 24th August 2019 I went into Waterstones in Peterborough, something I’ve done many times before. Whenever I’m out shopping a bookshop will always draw me in. As with libraries, I love to be surrounded by books full of wonderful stories, intrigue, facts and life stories. I also look in the vain hope of seeing one of my books included amongst those of legendary writers of fiction and wish, “If only…”.

I’ve long been aware that Waterstones is real advocate of supporting little known writers and those of us who’ve had to go the self-publishing route. So, on Saturday I took a brave pill and spoke to the lovely manager of Waterstones of Peterborough, Kathryn. I introduced myself and told her about my books and she confirmed that Waterstones do indeed support authors like me. What I found out was that if you have self-published a book or books and have a distribution arrangement through your publisher, Waterstones can, and do, buy books directly from the printer/publisher and will take a chance on stocking a few copies. And that’s what will be happening to a few of mine. She explained that it would take a couple of weeks but then I can contact her to check they’ve arrived and go and have a photo taken. To say I’m excited is putting it mildly as I’ve finally achieved my lifelong dream of having my book/s in a real bookshop and one as great as Waterstones.  So, watch this space for further developments and don’t forget to check my Gallery page for the piccies.

NEWS: Langtoft Festival, Langtoft Sports Field, Manor Way, Langtoft, Lincs – Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 10:00am till late

On Saturday the 13th July I shall be attending the inaugural Langtoft Festival on our village Sports Field. There’ll be lots of great stuff going on, including live bands, great food, lots stalls selling goodies to buy and, of course, me. I hope you can come along and support a brilliant event. Tickets are now on sale, see the website www.langtoftfestival.co.uk

EVENT: Children’s Book Reading and Workshop at Deepings Community Library, Deeping St James, Lincs – Saturday 30 March 2019, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Come and join me at Deepings Community Library when I’ll be running a workshop for children aged 8 to 12 years based around book 2 of The Long Ears Legacy - The Dragon Flyers. I’ll be reading from the book and afterwards I’ll be happy to answer your questions, whether they’re about the books or how to go about writing your own stories. We’ll be talking about dragons and elves and other magical and mystical stuff. You’ll also get the chance to do some writing of your own as well as doing other creative activities. So it should be a fun afternoon. There will also be the opportunity of buying signed copies of my books. Contact Deepings Community Library for tickets or more information on 01778 346528 or via their Facebook page. I really hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

NEWS: 4 LEGS Community Radio, Interview - Friday 15 June 2018 at 2:10pm

On Friday the 15 June at 2:10pm I shall be speaking to presenter Chris Capel on 4 LEGS Radio. We’ll be talking about my books and how I was inspired to write them and giving hints and tips to budding young (or older) writers. You can listen to me live via their website on the following link: http://4legsradio.org.uk/

NEWS: Trash & Treasure Event, Village Hall, West End, Langtoft, Lincs – 20 May 2018, 10:00am to 2:00pm

On Sunday the 20 May 2018, between 10:00am and 2:00pm, I will be selling and signing copies of my books at the Village Hall in Langtoft, at the village’s bi-annual Trash and Treasure event. So, if you’re free and haven’t yet got a copy of the books, or would like your copy/ies signed, pop along and see me and Elenya on the day. You never know, you might even discover some treasure while you’re about it.

NEWS: Peterborough Comic-Con, The Cresset, Bretton – 24 March 2018, 09:30am to 5:00pm

On Saturday the 24 March 2018 I attended the inaugural Peterborough Comic-Con event at the Cresset Centre, Bretton. It was to be my first Comic-Con too. After a few days of feeling nervous leading up to the event and wondering if I’d feel like a fish out of water, the big day arrived. Attired in my specially printed “Long Ears Legacy” tee shirt, I set up my table with my two Elvenite helpers, my daughter Elenya and her partner Cory (Elroy for the day), also wearing their same tee shirts but accessorised by some very fetching pointed elf ears. We then waited to see what the day would bring. What it brought was a really brilliant experience.

I got to meet some delightful and colourful people throughout the day that ranged from a very cute Blue Fox to a scary Ursula from Disney’s Little Mermaid as well as a host of Star Wars and other Sci-Fi and Fantasy characters. I got the opportunity to talk about the books to genuinely interested and lovely people and even got to sell a fair few too. I am planning to be at their second Comic-Con event next 24th March, so hope to see you there.

EVENT: Children’s Book Reading and Workshop at Deeping Library, Deeping St James, Lincs – 23 July 2016, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

On Saturday 23 July I will be at Deeping Library where I shall be doing a reading and running a workshop for children aged 9 to 12 years. I’ll be reading extracts from my first two books and the kids will have the opportunity to write their own pieces or create works of art based on what they’ve heard. I’ll also be selling and signing copies of both books and may even share one or two secrets about what to expect in book 3. So, if you’re interested, contact deepingscommunitylibrary@gmail.com for more information or to book a place as spaces are limited.

NEWS: Charity Christmas Craft Fayre, The Waggon & Horses, Langtoft, Lincs. – 24 November 2015 from 7pm

Christmas Fayre? I hear you exclaim! And the answer’s – yes, it really is approaching that time of year again, when we’re rushing about trying to find something just a little different for our loved ones. On Tuesday 24 November from 7pm I’ll be at the Waggon and Horses pub in Langtoft at a Charity Christmas Craft Fayre. I’ll be selling and signing copies of my books, so, if you’re in the area, why not come along and get those last minute Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. Plus you’ll be doing a good deed too – and I don’t just mean you’ll be supporting a struggling author – as you’ll be also contributing to charity. Like my books, which are suitable for all ages, there’ll be something there for everyone. So, don’t forget to put it on your calendar and I look forward to seeing you there.

NEWS: Summer Fayre at St Michael and All Angels Church, Langtoft, Lincs – 6 June 2015. 10am to 4pm

On Saturday 6 June I shall once again be at St Michael and All Angels Church in Langtoft. The village is holding its annual Summer Fayre where, as well as having the chance to get signed copies of my books, you will find all the fun of the fayre including craft stalls, home made cakes, gifts, games and competitions and yummy food. So, why not pop along and say hi, it’ll be great to meet you.

NEWS: Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael and All Angels Church, Langtoft, Lincs – 6 December 2014. 10am to 4pm

On Saturday 6 December I shall be at St Michael and All Angels Church in Langtoft, Lincolnshire where I shall have a stall. I’ll be selling signed copies of both The Harp of Elvyth and The Dragon Flyers. So if you would like a special, personalised stocking filler this Christmas – why not come along and see me. There’s other stuff going on too including hot lunches or light refreshments, other stalls with home made cakes or gifts and games and competitions for all ages. Hope to see you there.

EVENT: Children’s Workshop at Tattenhams Community Library – 31 July 2014, 2pm to 4pm

On Thursday 31 July I shall be at Tattenhams Community Library, Epsom Downs, Surrey. I shall be running a workshop for children aged 8 to 12 years old. During the workshop I’ll be reading extracts from The Harp of Elvyth and afterwards the kids will be doing a variety of activities based on the story. They will then have the opportunity to either write their own stories or create works of art using a variety of materials including paints or moulding materials. If there’s time they may get to do all three! I also plan to give them a taster of my new book, The Dragon Flyers, which is due out soon. It should be a fun afternoon, so why not come along? As places are limited, you will need to book. You can do this by contacting Tattenhams Library on 07712 738304. Hope to see you there.

NEWS: Adult Creative Writing Group, Stoneleigh Community Library – 20 June 2014, 2pm to 3:30pm

On Friday 20th June I have been invited to talk to the Adult Creative Writing Group at Stoneleigh Community Library, I am looking forward to meeting the group and sharing with them my writing journey, from conception to publication.

EVENT: Children’s Workshop at Stoneleigh Community Library – 10 April 2014

On Thursday 10 April I shall be at Stoneleigh Community Library in Surrey where I’ll be running a workshop for children aged 8 to 12 years old. I’ll be reading extracts from The Harp of Elvyth and following this the kids will be doing a variety of activities based on the story. They will have the opportunity to either write their own stories or create works of art using a variety of materials including paints or moulding materials. I also plan to give them a taster of my new book, The Dragon Flyers, which is due out soon. It should be a fun afternoon, so why not come along between 2pm and 4pm. As places are limited you will need to book and you can do this by contacting Stoneleigh Library on 01483 543599. Hope to see you there. – Fully Booked!

NEWS: The United Church of St Mark’s Christmas Market, Great Tattenhams, Epsom, Surrey, Saturday, 7th December 2013, 10am till 2pm

 I shall be having a stall at St Mark’s Christmas Market where you will be able to buy a copy of The Harp of Elvyth, which I shall be happy to sign for you or a loved one. It’ll make a great stocking filler! There will be lots going on with over 30 stalls selling a variety of Christmas gift ideas. So why not pay a visit and come and see me? I look forward to seeing you there.

EVENT: The Beacon School Event – 3 December 2013 at 2pm

On Tuesday 3rd December I shall be attending The Beacon School in Banstead, Surrey where I shall be reading from The Harp of Elvyth to a group of children from local primary schools. The event, which is to be held in the Beacon School’s library, will include talking to the children about the themes covered in chapter one of the book and then doing some fun activities related to what they’ve heard and discussed. The children will also be able to buy a copy of the book, which I will happily sign for them. I’m really looking forward to meeting the children and sharing Lizzie’s story with them.

NEWS: Epsom Downs Children’s Centre Christmas Fair – 29 November 2013

I’m pleased to announce that I shall be attending the Epsom Downs Childrens’ Centre Christmas Fair on 29th November between 2pm and 4:30pm. I will be having a stall at the fair where you will be able to buy a copy of the book that I shall be happy to sign, should you wish it. I hope to see you there.

Nescot College Book Club for Entry Level Students – September 2013

I am extremely proud that The Harp of Elvyth has been chosen to be one of the books read by Entry Level students at Nescot College in Ewell Surrey, as part of their weekly book club. After my reading with the students, they will undertake associated activities including coming up with ideas for their own stories. This wonderful event is incredibly rewarding as it will help students with learning difficulties to, not only improve their reading skills, but enjoy what the written word can bring.

Worcester Park Library Homework Club – 7th June 2013

I attended the Worcester Park library homework club for 7 to 11 year olds. After my reading of chapter 1 of The Harp of Elvyth, the children undertook a number of activities, culminating in them creating a piece of art depicting a character, a situation or a scene from what they had just heard. These beautiful artworks can be viewed on my gallery page. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone involved, especially me as I witnessed first hand the pleasure my story brought to the children, and one that I hope to repeat.