Release of a new book caps off this good year
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.
BOOK LAUNCH: Joan Derrick is on the way to making her dream a reality with the launch of Giorgie’s Christmas Dinner.