- Prepare for the sartorial excesses of the book festival with a saunter down charity shop mile, South Clerk Street. Think corduroy and leather patches.
- Pick and choose widely. Nothing beats the sense of having been there first with an up-and-coming scribblist.
- Take advantage of book trade in the festival village. It’s cheap, independent and helps to fund next year’s events.
- Heckle. This ain’t the fringe, pal. Audience participation is to be kept to a minimum of ‘ums’, ‘aahs’ and vigorous strokes to the chin
- Hold a lighter aloft at tender moments. Nothing spoils a book like a sprinkler.
- Be surprised by the presence of a famous face or two. Notoriously, the book festival draws celebs like moths to that old proverbial flame.