‘Alice’ book launch celebration

The ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was held on Saturday 25th February 2017…'Alice' book launch - pile of books

With the exception of celebrity writers, I imagine many authors feel uncomfortable performing in front of crowds, especially as writing can be a solitary pursuit. Perhaps, public appearances, no matter their size, may be challenging to many authors. With this thought in my mind, I was undecided whether or not to hold a book launch event.

However, as the day approached, I began to read stories of other author’s experiences and realized that I could not let such a special occasion go by, without marking the day in my own unique special way.

I was very fortunate to hold my book launch in ‘The Faff Room’, Burnaby House, Mansfield Woodhouse and my thanks go to Amanda Holt for making this possible. In many ways it was appropriate for me to use this location as a setting for the launch, due to the historical fact that when I was a small girl, this building was my Doctors surgery and considering ‘Alice’ charts the decline of a member of the health care profession it helps to reinforce the books content.

Having set up the room with bunting, lights, and strategically stacked copies of my debut novel ‘Alice’, I began to feel less nervous about meeting the public as a first-time author. The refreshments were out and the tea room was ready.

Exactly on cue, at 2pm, my first guests arrived! They had travelled a fair distance by train and I felt humbled to greet them having made such an effort. So thank you to my guests who travelled some distance to attend the event.

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Hot on the heels of these guests, arrived my school friend Janet and her husband Dereck, bearing a beautiful flower decoration and congratulations card. It was lovely to see a familiar face. Thank you both so much.

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In a flurry of good will and excitement my girlfriends, Karen, Kim, Chris and Elaine arrived with the most amazing display of flowers and cards. Thank you girls, you are super stars.

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The room began to fill with lots of family and friends and sat amongst them all like a proud mother hen, was my eighty eight year old mum, beaming with joy.

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My husband mingled with guests, and conversed about his supporting role throughout my journey from writer to published author.  My daughter introduced me to the crowd and there was no stopping me. Although not accustomed to public speaking I found the words came naturally to me, for I was speaking from the heart, especially when I offered appreciation for the support that everyone was giving me.

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I had the opportunity to read excerpts from my novel ‘Alice’ to bring the characters alive. I also had the opportunity to speak individually to my guests which I rather enjoyed. A number of hardback and paperback copies were sold,  each one signed with a personal message.

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My talented nephew, David Oliver has his own photography business, so throughout the event he was taking publicity shots which are featured on this blog post.

And so my dear friends, my ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was a personal success, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day special.