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 here 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.