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Thrill Seekers launch crowd

Part of the Thrill Seekers launch crowd

Now I know what it feels like to have your dreams come true. On Friday 9th March the night I’ve been dreaming of for ten years became reality as Thrill Seekers was launched at Avid Reader Bookstore in West End with a wonderful crowd of friends, family and well-wishers cheering it on.  It felt surreal but fantastic. A huge high. My most cherished  memories include Veny Armanno’s speech mentioning the Song of Bernadette, an all-time favourite movie, and of getting the crowd to bust out a few of my brother’s dance moves to his signature song  – Greased Lightning! I felt like a queen, or at the very least a head of state, as I greeted people and signed book after book.

signing books at launch

Edwina signing copies of Thrill Seekers at the launch

What a wonderful night. Here’s a  montage of photos by my friend, the fabulous writer, Isabel D’Avila Winter.  My lovely uncle Jonathan, was there and wrote a review of the night on his blog.

I’ve also been interviewed by the local paper South City News by Charley Rico and had a great time doing a radio interview (part two here) on Queer Radio on 4zzzfm102.1 with the charming Blair Martin who has the most delicious baritone voice.

And just when you think it can’t get any better Thrill Seekers made number one on the independent best seller list in The Courier Mail this weekend!  That’s another dream achieved. WOW!

I am so very grateful to the many people who have supported, advised and helped me all these long years working towards this goal. I share this joy with all of you .

me and Krissy plugging Thrill Seekers

Edwina and Krissy Kneen at the launch

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Thrill Seekers

Thrill Seekers

I’ve been on a steep learning curve the past couple of months, figuring out how to do my own distribution and marketing. Luckily I’ve had some invaluable advice and practical assistance from the wonderful Megan Hills from  Wordmix. She’s really helped me pull together what looks like being a fabulous launch at Avid Reader on Friday the ninth of March. I hope to see you there.

Because my publisher Ransom is small and based in the UK they don’t yet have a distributor for Australia, so I’ve had to find bookshops willing to stock Thrill Seekers on my own – so far nine fabulous stores are stocking it, including three interstate. And for the past few weeks I’ve been sending out press releases trying to garner media attention to get some momentum behind my book. It’s a bit like scattering seeds onto a field and hoping that there’ll be sufficient rain and sunshine to make them sprout. The next step is interesting libraries and schools in stocking it as well.

There hardly seems time enough in one day. I jsut learnt a new saying that helps, so that I’m not lying awake in the middle of the night planning media releases.

All I can do, is all I can do. And all I can do is enough. 

My own writing practice is languishing. I miss it! Some days, when I’m tired of scattering seeds, I treat myself by working a little on my Cambodian ms. Ah, the relief is heavenly.

I didn’t think I was signing up for all of this when I decided to dedicate myself to writing, but it seems that in 2012, writers are not just creative artists, we are also business people!

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