Book Launches – always worth the effort

Being right in the midst of organising the launch of ‘You Have My Heart’, illustrated by Robin Cowcher and published by The Five Mile Press, I started thinking about the book launches I’ve had, going right back to the first Queenie launch – coming up 10 years ago in August, 2006.

So much has changed since then – did we really post out invitations? Yes, we did. Of course some were emailed, but many of the people invited to the Queenie launch were quite elderly so email was out of the question. I also made my own launch cake (as I recall there had been a hiccup with dates when Black Dog Books ordered the cake.) The size of that first Queenie cake was governed entirely by the size of my oven – and I’m not sure I even have a photo of that cake – at least not an electronic one that I can post ┬áhere today.

Book launches are always a lot of work for everyone involved – author, illustrator, publisher, launcher, bookshop or other venue, but whether they are big or small, in my experience I can honestly say that book launches are worth all the effort. Like babies, books need to be celebrated, shared with friends and fellow creators and the photos are always very useful.

So here are some photos of my book launches.

Queenie paperback launch – Melbourne Zoo 2012

The Dog on the Tuckerbox launch – Gundagai Library 2008

At Bologna Book Fair in 2010 on release of Flame Stands Waiting


Hey Baby! Launch – Ivanhoe Library 2012

Chasing Shadows Launch – Kew Library 2014

Hey Mum, I Love You Launch – Ivanhoe Library 2014

Hey Dad, You’re Great Launch – Ivanhoe Library 2014

Little Dog and the Christmas Wish Launch – Block Arcade 2014

Hey Baby, It’s Christmas Launch – Watsonia Kindergarten 2014

Bob the Railway Dog Melbourne Launch Railfan Bookshop 2015

Bob the Railway Dog Adelaide Launch – National Railway Museum 2015

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  1. Kaye Baillie Hi Corinne, this is such a lovely post and I loved going through all these wonderful photos. What a happy collection. Isn't it great to see how much you've achieved and all the kids and people you've met and touched. And now you have a new book! Congratulations! Goes to show how exciting the journey is. Have you got a cake for your next launch? They're always spectacular. xx
    March 30, 2016 at 10:35 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Kaye for that lovely message.The cake is a work in progress - very appropriate for the book. Are you able to come to the launch? No pressure, but it would be great to see you if you can manage it.
      March 30, 2016 at 10:48 am · Reply
  2. Kaye Baillie I'm hoping to, Corinne and will reply on the Facebook invite soon. Would be lovely.
    March 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm · Reply
  3. Hazel Edwards Food is the sex of children's books and book launch cakes are now so much more sophisticated with iced covers from scans etc. But the atmosphere is the same because it is a first birthday party for the book. Congratulations on all your books & launches.
    March 31, 2016 at 6:57 am · Reply
    • corinne and provide a focus too I think Hazel . . . aside from the book!
      March 31, 2016 at 11:16 am · Reply

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