Book Launch Day

On Saturday 11th March  I held the official Book Launch for my new children’s story book “The Thirsty Flowers” although the book has been available since just before Christmas. This launch event was in two parts.

First I held an on-line launch on my Facebook Author’s Page, with a week of promoting the launch beforehand to encourage people to support the event. I also held a Free Giveaway competition. This sadly didn’t attract quite as many entrants as I had hoped – maybe because the book was  for children and not many children are on my email list! This is the first time I have done a ‘virtual event’ and hopefully I will do it better next time. Perhaps two weeks of publicity would have been better and probably I also need to find a way to reach more people. My main reason for doing it though was simply to feel that the arrival of the book had been celebrated in some way and in that I guess it served its purpose.

Outside the children's shopI also held a book signing session in my local High Street. A local children’s clothing shop kindly stocks my book along with my children’s poetry book “Barking At Nothing” so I arranged to hold my signing session there. The shop is on the corner of a small arcade, with the door just inside the arcade and we had agreed that if it was a nice day I would set-up my stall in the arcade just outside the shop but I could be inside the shop if it was cold. It was a nice day so I set-up in the arcade as planned.

After a while it was obvious that I was not really all that visible so I moved to a position at the entrance to the arcade and this proved to be much better, though it was not quite so sheltered and I did begin to feel cold towards the end of my time there.

With a young customerOne thing that I did notice during the two hours I sat there was how few people were walking up and down our High Street on what you would think would be a busy Saturday morning. High Streets are generally reported to be in decline and it seems ours is no exception despite the many interesting buildings.

However, like so many now, our High Street is full of places to eat, hairdressers and gift shops with not a lot else and these types of shops do not cater to everyday needs (how many times a week do you need a hair cut?). The Post Office, Newsagents, main Supermarket and the Chippy are all on a different street. Consequently the footfall was low and I gather it has been a problem since the last bank closed its doors.

There were times when none of the passers-by seemed at all interested in what I was doing there and I regretted not taking a book to read, but despite the low footfall I did manage to sell several copies of my book and was also given a few donations for the charity I support. Overall it was an enjoyable morning and at least I feel as if the book has now been launched in style.

Official Book Launch

Book Launch notification

My new illustrated children’s story book ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ for 3-6 year-olds, which I made available shortly before Christmas, has now been officially registered and I have released the ISBN – you can find this on my website at Silverburn Publishing together with more information about the book.

There will be a ‘Virtual Launch’ on my Facebook Author’s page so do drop in on the day when there will various treats lined up for you! You will find the page here.

I am also hoping to arrange a local book signing session but this has still to be confirmed.

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The Thirsty Flowers

I am pleased to announce that my new children’s illustrated story book ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ is now available!

The Thirsty Flowers coverIt has been a long, hot summer. The flowers in Rosie’s garden have heaved and squeezed to grow to make her garden look pretty. Now they are very thirsty. Where will Rosie find water for her flowers to drink?

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The story is aimed at 3-6 year olds but slightly older children will probably enjoy it too and may, with help, be able to read it for themselves, though it has not been written as a children’s ‘reader’.

The book is available to purchase via PayPal from my website ‘Silverburn Publishing’. Here you will find all the information you need.

I have not yet released the ISBN number as the book will not be officially published until the New Year – it takes time for registration of the book and for it to be available on the system. This is good, it means I can have two launches; one unofficial one now and one official one in the New Year!

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I have been away for several weeks touring through France and Spain, visiting various friends and relatives along the way. It was a bit of a final rush to prepare the book for the printers before I went and a mega surprise to find the books had been delivered on my return! The Printers, Panda Press, were really helpful and pulled out all the stops to get the proof to me for approval before I went away.

To learn more about my journey to produce this book please refer to my previous pose ‘Coming Soon’, which you can read here.

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Book Launch

Until it’s over you don’t realize
just how stressed you were.
Now for a few days R & R.

Excuses

I will be out all day today launching my new book at Stafford Arts and Book Festival, signing and reading – that’s my excuse for not coming up with a small stone!

The book is called “Collecting Cobwebs, Gathering Brambles” and combines some of my poems with those of my late uncle. More information is on my ‘Books’ page.

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