Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Books' Launch

On Saturday 25th August we all gathered at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka to celebrate the launch of Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies and Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies!

My second technical editor, Deborah Green came from interstate for the event, and stayed with us overnight. We all got dolled up — the crossword corset had its first outing — and headed for Manuka, with a car full of nommy goodies!

This was a really exciting day for me, as — although I have written 5 books now — these are the first ones I've had a proper book launch for.

The place was packed — 50 or 60 people came along, many of whom were long-lost friends, as well as many new friends and family. Indexers and BookCrossers were well represented!

My high school English teacher (now principal of Narrabundah College) Kerrie Grundy gave the introductory speech. I won't mention how long ago it was that she taught me!

I then gave my 15 minute talk. No-one dozed off, so I think I'm ahead there!

And then we cut the cake, and chat, food and drink flowed freely!

I spent the rest of the launch behind the front counter, signing books ... so I didn't get to chat with everyone or mingle as much as I'd have liked, but that was par for the course. Deborah did a sterling job of managing the food table.

Paperchain and Wiley are very impressed that we sold 60 books at the launch - 35 of Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies, and 25 of Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies!

It was a really wonderful event, it was great to see so many friends and family, some of whom had driven from afar, and to launch these two little books into the world with such fun and love! Thank you Troy for the Olympic teatowel and autographed copy of his bookPenny and Alex, and Margaret for the gorgeous flowers, Kirsty for the champagne, and Kate and Tilly for luscious yarn gifts (and a leaf, don't forget the leaf!).

Thank you everyone!

Photos by Barry Newell, Rodger Sutherland, and Ralph Sutherland - thank you guys!


  1. Congratulations, fabulous woman! Great photos! May you sell many more books. What a wonderfully, talented woman you are xoxoxoxoxox

  2. What Debra said and double it twice! It was so good to see you so happy. And oh my, what a fabulous cake that was!

    Pete, eagerly anticipating the film

  3. Fantastic, you look fabulous and so does the cake. Congratulations on the launch and the sales!!!

  4. You sold sixty books at your launch? OMG, woman, you totally rock! Bravo, kudos and GO NISI!


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