I am so impressed with Nadja, my PR wonder-woman at Text Publishing. Since publication of A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline, Nadja has arranged, and fielded requests for, author-gigs and radio spots all over Australia. Just look at this!
In the seven weeks since release, I’ve talked about Cassandra and the writing of her story, and about growing up in the wheat belt of WA, on RN Hub, Books; ABC Sydney Nightlife; ABC Mid-west and wheatbelt (WA) breakfast show; ABC Broken Hill; Radio 3CR (Melbourne, and yet to be aired). Still to come is a podcast recording.
Author-gigs have been at Candelo Books (Bega NSW); Booktique Merimbula (NSW); Booktique Wangaratta (Victoria). Still to come are The Turning Page (Springwood, NSW, on April 12th); Paperchain (Manuka, ACT, on April 19th with lovely Nigel Featherstone as my interrogator); an in-conversation, and a panel discussion on memory with Josephine Wilson and Rose Michael, at Clunes Book Town (Vic) on May 5th and 6th; a guest spot at Griffith Univerity Gold Coast (QLD) at the Small Room; and as guest, with Liz Byrski, at the View Club, Sydney, literary lunch at the end of June.
Certainly not running on the spot, but puffing a bit now and then!
Sometimes you hear of so many problems between a writer and the publisher that one has to wonder why. Does the publishing editor want to make the book their own, with major changes? If so, why was it bought from the writer, who, of course resists. But does the writer resist too hard, not understanding that no work is finished when the publisher buys it, and no matter how good a manuscript is, it can always be made better – which is the job of the editor! It’s all about the work, not about individual egos, and about trust between writer and editor. Break that trust and there’s problems.
My experience with Text Publishing has only been positive, from working with (editor supreme) Elizabeth Cowell, to a superb cover design that opens out into a panorama across the front and back cover pages (thank you Sandy Cull), to getting the book out there so readers know it’s waiting for them – a big shout-out to Nadja for doing a fantastic job.