I did an event with Waterstone's in Altrincham today: to mark the start of the new Premier League football season.
We wanted to get football-loving families into the bookshop to see all the fantastic football books for kids - and adults.
We set up a goal outside the bookshop, to the left of the front door. Then we put an eager bookseller in goal.
Then we invited passing children to take five penalties. The child who scored most in one hour won a football trophy. In fact, it was two children, as we had under-ten and ten-plus categories.
There was a queue of families for the whole hour.
When the kids had taken penalties, I handed out promotional red and yellow cards and told the about my books. Meanwhile two members of staff told families about the other sports books available in store.
Most of the families went into the bookshop and lots of them bought copies of my book.
Including books sold because of the in-store and window displays, the event led to sales of at least 30 books. The signed copies I left will probably sell well too.
Thanks to Altrincham Waterstone's for a great morning.
While there I made a film about football books in the shop. If it's a decent quality it'll be on YouTube soon.