By Laura McCallen, Editorial Assistant for Presents
The night started—as all great nights do—with a fashion show and a flurry of perfume and makeup. We set up camp in Executive Editor Joanne Grant’s office, plugged in the straighteners, turned up the tunes and got busy glamming ourselves up in anticipation of the annual UK Author Party. As it was my first Author Party I was a bit nervous but also so excited—I’d finally get to put faces to all of the authors that I’ve been reading, following on Twitter and hearing about from my fellow editors.
After donning my little black dress—a last minute purchase as nothing I had was ‘right’—and surviving a harrowing cab ride through central London I arrived at the Le Méridien Piccadilly and headed up to the absolutely gorgeous party room. The glasses sat ready and waiting for champagne and the bouquets and flower petals had all been artfully arranged. With all of the editors gathered together the Harlequin UK team was ready to get the party started!
As the authors began to arrive I took a deep breath and did my best to look calm and cool (can the authors smell fear?!). Our attention was called to centre stage and the celebrations were officially kicked off with speeches from Executive Editor Joanne Grant and VP, Series Editorial and Subrights Dianne Moggy. With several rounds of hearty applause for authors celebrating milestones—including Jennifer Taylor who was celebrating an amazing 75 books!—the mixing and mingling began.
Editor Flo Nicol presenting a pin to Historical author Marguerite Kaye in celebration of 25 books with Harlequin (while Executive Editor Jo Grant looks on)
It was more than a little nerve racking introducing myself but the authors were incredibly warm and welcoming. It was so amazing to meet authors that I’ve long been a fan of and to see them all dressed up in their finest—were those Louboutins I spotted?!—and having a great time. I was lucky enough to chat with quite a few of our amazing authors but there was so many fabulous ladies in attendance I didn’t get a chance to speak with everyone. Not to worry though – there’s always next year’s party. I’m looking forward to it already!
In the meantime, tell me: who would you invite to your dream author party?