I Launched my Book

Book signing 2

The date was set and the venue sorted. I ordered copies of my book for selling and signing on the night. So who to invite. I scrutinised my email list, phone contacts, Facebook friends, colleagues, neighbours and the word spread. Before long the list was over one hundred attendees.


The night was approaching. I had to prepare what I was going to say. I hate long speeches but I knew that the story about this book needed to be told – much like this blog site only a tad shorter. There were so many people to thank. You might think that writing a book is done on your own but there were over twenty people who had helped in some form or another. So you see a writer’s life is not so alone – anyway not for me.

crowd 3

Everything was organised. It began to rain after weeks of dry, hot weather. The roads were a mess but soon they came in their droves – well, maybe two’s and threes. My brother Andrew, surprised me by travelling from Sydney; my friend, Karen flew in from Adelaide.


No doubt many were curious about a person who had reinvented herself as a writer- banker no more. But in the end it was a great excuse to get people together – some who hadn’t seen each other for years. I wasn’t nervous. If I was going to stumble, then better it to be into the arms of supportive friends and family.

book holding
I was swept up by the excitement. Only I felt removed from the author tag. It was almost like it wasn’t my book but someone else’s. What was everyone congratulating me for? Why the clamour for my very long signature?

speech 4
I guess it takes a while to get used to the tag – I’m an author. Mmm…it sounds rather good.

12 thoughts on “I Launched my Book

  1. kcarr642 March 11, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Congrats!! This is so wonderful to read about as an aspiring author. Good for you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Peter March 11, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    You did a great job – both before the night and on it. Your presence behind the microphone and the story you told on the book’s creation held everyone. I wish you success, author.


  3. Melissa Gijsbers March 11, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Congratulations on your launch. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make it, it looks like a wonderful night 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Donna Chan March 17, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    So “A star is born!” Congrats to you and all the hard work. I’m sure you guys had a great reunion on such a great day too. Will get on to the book once we get home. Only problem is “paper or e book?”

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