Re­lease of a new book caps off this good year

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

JOAN Der­rick’s suc­cess­ful book launch for her chil­dren’s book, Giorgie’s Christ­mas Din­ner, capped off a good year for her.

Thanks to a grant from the Arts Queens­land Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund, she has been able to fast-track pub­li­ca­tion.

“An enor­mous thank-you to ev­ery­one who helped bring the book to life – the ‘beta’ read­ers, some in Monto and some as far away as USA, helped with cor­rec­tion of spelling, punc­tu­a­tion and gram­mar and of­fered tips on how to en­hance the story,” Mrs Der­rick said.

“Next it was the friends who lifted me up when I was down think­ing, ‘What am I do­ing?’.”

At Monto Li­brary, Mrs Der­rick read a pas­sage from the book to the fans, who had a pos­i­tive re­sponse.

She held a draw for a free copy of the book which was won by Anita Dent.

“The highlight of the day for me was the pres­ence of my num­ber one fan Michelle Croner who un­der­took a 280km round trip with her young chil­dren to be there,” Mrs Der­rick said.

She also un­veiled a new pro­mo­tion which in­volves a raf­fle of a $100 Visa pre­paid gift card. En­tries are earned by sub­mit­ting re­views for Joshua and Stranger Dan­ger and Giorgie’s Christ­mas Din­ner on both Goodreads and Ama­zon.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Der­rick, the next phase of the pub­lish­ing process will re­quire re­views of the book to push them up the al­go­rithm.

“You can pay a pro­fes­sional critic for re­views, but I’d re­ally like to get them re­viewed by peo­ple at the grass­roots level,” she said.

Over the next week, as part of a com­mit­ment to the RADF, she will be driv­ing around the North Bur­nett de­liv­er­ing copies to schools and li­braries.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

BOOK LAUNCH: Joan Der­rick is on the way to mak­ing her dream a re­al­ity with the launch of Giorgie’s Christ­mas Din­ner.

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