Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book Launch

You only ever get one book launch for your first book - and many people will never even get that chance.
So June 28 will live in my memory as a golden day, the day when I launched The Wounded Guardian.
I say ''I'' but it would never have happened without the help and support of friends and family. The Global Financial Crisis means HarperCollins is unable to help out with book launches (especially for nobodies) but, seeing as they are the ones publishing my books, I reckon they've done more than enough right there! I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am to Stephanie Smith and the Voyager team!
But I digress - friends and family really stepped in and worked unbelievably hard - I owe them all a great debt of thanks.
Kincumba Mountain was the perfect place for the launch - an atmospheric building, lots of grass for all the kids to run wild and toilets that were positively medieval!
The road up to the top is long and, for those who travelled from Sydney or even further afield, it must have felt almost as long as the trip to Mount Doom! I'm sure I saw a couple of hobbits wandering dazedly around the bush tracks...
I'd never done anything like this before, and found myself operating on a combination of adrenalin and nervous energy. Only the knowledge of how bad the toilets were kept me from too many nervous trips to the bathroom. That, and not really eating or drinking anything the whole day because I wanted to talk to everyone there!
Sadly, such a thing was impossible - there were more than 100 people there, from as far away as Brisbane and Melbourne. To all those who made it there, I thank you - and if I didn't get around to talking to you, I am sorry!
The whole thing was somewhat dream-like ... to see Dymocks Erina staff piling up my book (and then see people buy it) was surreal. To sign it for people was even crazier! This was the sort of thing I had imagined and dreamed about for years ... to see it happen was an incredible experience.
I can honestly say that it is only topped by seeing my children born and my marriage day.
We had some incredible Celtic music care of two young musicians, Elissa and Naomi, as well as half a dozen medieval warriors thanks to Mahkra and his mates. The music was great and the kids all loved the chance to get a photograph holding a bow and arrow or a sword!
But the main thing was the book, and to see so many people buying not just a copy for themselves but for a friend was, simply, humbling.
Signing books for friends (and family) I have known for years or even decades was a surreal experience. I still pinch myself to imagine it was real!
But now the book is out there.
It has been launched and now it will be judged by the people who were at the launch, and hopefully a few others!
But wherever it goes, whatever it does, that launch day will be a high point in my life.


  1. It sounds wonderful! Congratulations Duncan!


  2. Well done! I hope its in Borders already ... because I'm off to buy a copy of the weekend :)

  3. Hey Duncan -- welcome to the whacky world of publishing! Congrats on your launch, and all fingers and toes crossed for a wonderfully successful debut.

  4. Hi, Duncan. Read your book last week. Quite a good read, and I'm looking forward to the sequel. I really liked the plot, and the characters were well-drawn.

    One bit of advice for the sequel: tighten up the editing, if possible, and watch your grammar a bit. I noticed particularly that use of the comma was incorrect throughout the book. You use it to connect two sentences where a dash, semicolon or colon would be more appropriate, or, better still, just writing two sentences. This sort of thing: "It looked like rain, the sky had been darkening all day." That should be
    "It looked like rain. The sky had been darkening all day." or
    "It looked like rain: the sky had been darkening all day." or
    "It looked like rain - the sky had been darkening all day." or
    "It looked like rain; the sky had been darkening all day."

    This might seem a very nitpicking point, but when you read this incorrect grammar througout an entire book, it starts to grate a bit. So I thought I'd mention it. Ta for listening.