Last night Keri and I went to a literary dinner with Neil Gaiman who pretty much set a very high standard for how authors should behave at these things. He was funny and charming, read brilliantly (he has a great voice), talked intelligently despite the fact he's only been in the country a few days and has to be jetlagged and then signed for ages, taking time to talk to each person a little, pose for photos and pay attention to his fans. Plus he was signing stuff not just bought on the day and multiple items. I'd hate to be his signing hand but as I heard one person in the line say, the rest of him is annoyingly fantastic and talented : ))
Go Neil! If last night was anything to go buy you've just made many new fans and made the existing ones even more fannish.
PS No-one gets to borrow my copy of Stardust with NG drawing in it now!