And A Good Time Was Had By All


Well, just recovering after the fantastic event that was Black Library Live! 2012. The best year so far, by my reckoning. Here are a few things that I really enjoyed – in no particular order:


-The smooth operation of the entire event. Hats off and deep thanks to all the Black Library crew who ensured that everything ran like clockwork.

-Meeting so many people and signing so many books. It’s a personal best for me. I really loved talking to everyone on the day. Thanks for asking me to add a few more words in the front of your books! Such a fantastic group of people – interesting, passionate about their reading and an absolute pleasure to meet.

-The Seminars: I enjoyed these a great deal. All three were really interesting and benefitted from a wealth of great questions from the audience. I hope I was even half as interesting back! Would do these again in a heartbeat!

- Spending time with the Black Library authors and artists. Always a pleasure. We should meet up more often. A big ‘Nice to see you again’ to Sarah Cawkwell, Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, Christian Dunn, Andy Smillie, William King, Josh Reynolds, John French, Andy Chambers and Neil Roberts.

-Work is always a pleasure and never a chore at BL and so between signings and seminars it was great crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s with Laurie Goulding and Graeme Lyon on a few projects.

-Meeting both new and old friends in the bar afterwards! I had a great time shooting the breeze with the people that make Black Library Live really come to life. I enjoyed meeting all of you! Particular shout outs go to some of the Bolt Hole crew: Xisor, Squiggle and Schaferwhat‽ (with whom I put the world to rights over a pint of Bugmans), Narrativium and Shadowhawk (who does not let oceans and continents come between him and an excellent event!). Internet monikers have been used to protect the innocent. I also shouldn’t forget Phil ‘You didn’t forget me’ Thorogood. Don’t worry, Phil – you are unforgettable. There were others – but I can’t put all the monikers to faces – but know that I enjoyed meeting you too! Oh yes – Reds8n, thanks for the Dakka-dice! When asked to do something, I can genuinely no longer say, ‘No dice...’ If I've missed anyone out - feel free to embarrass me in the Comments. I really wish I could have spent more time with those that came to the event. I look forward to next time!


Well, it’s now back to work for me. The keyboard is calling and I have a bunch of cool new projects to get into.

12 comments:

Sarah Cawkwell said...

A pleasure to see you again, Mr. Sanders, sir.

Simon said...

Yes, it was lovely to put the words to rights and to get to talk to you a little more than last time! Glad you enjoyed it as well. Until next year!! simon (Squiggle)

ROB SANDERS said...

There never seems enough time to sit down and have a good chat when we're at BL. We should put some time aside. : )

ROB SANDERS said...

Until next year! A year too long...

GMort. said...

Thanks for signing my copies of Legion of the Damned, The Primarchs and my already well read copies of Redemption Corps and Atlas Infernal.

I also may have waffled on in an embarrassing 'fan-boy' way about my belief that you should right a follow-up to Atlas Infernal almost immediately and how I thoroughly approved of your portrayal of Sisters of Battle as a bunch of psycho bitches in Redemption Corps, lol.

ROB SANDERS said...

Totally my pleasure. Thanks for asking me to sign.: ) Waffling - nah! Just shooting the breeze.

Schaferlord. said...

We put the world to rights and come the next morning it was the same as it ever was. I'm starting to doubt how influential my conversing in a bar actually is.

It was great to see you, you were on fab form in the seminars I saw you with. It was delightful in ways I cannot express to see your mind jump on things in the Xenos seminar even if at the end you had to admit that the Hive Mind may not actually be pulloffable.

ROB SANDERS said...

It was great to see you too. I'm going to give that hive mind thing some more thought. Never say never! As to the world being the same and conversations in bars, I suppose you don't really know how many people you influenced. You might have changed a lot of people's minds a bit or one person's mind a lot. Still might be worth it! : )

Anonymous said...

'GMort. said...
I also may have waffled on in an embarrassing 'fan-boy' way about my belief that you should right a follow-up to Atlas Infernal almost immediately'

There is nothing embarrassing about holding the correct belief that Rob SHOULD write an Atlas Infernal follow up ;)

MalkyDel said...

Was amazing to meet you again; I fear that I may have been a tad gushy about how awesome you are, but you are seriously one of my favorite BL authors. Glad that I could get so much of your stuff signed.

I finished "The Serpent Beneath" recently and I can say, you have not failed to impress- you know exactly how the Alpha Legion should be used, just like in "Long Game at Carcharias"

Hopefully see you again at another event, and hopefully you'll have written much more for me to sign :D

Marc/Malkydel

ROB SANDERS said...

GMort - There should be nothing embarrassing about that all!

ROB SANDERS said...

MalkyDel,
Great to see you! I'm glad that you liked 'The Serpent Beneath'. I'll keep trying hard for you. : )