Booktrail Agency were planning to exhibiting my book at the Sydney Writers Festival in May 2023 and were to visit bookstores to offer the book store placement option with the returnability program in place now. Australia is my home ground so I was planning to visit Sydney to attend this event on one of the days. Due to changs in scheduling they will now be visiting Australia in October for meetings with book sellers. Updated 29/3/2023
Booktrial Agency are taking my book to the London Bookfair in April 2023.
In July and August C S Cooper invited FAW to be part of his stall at Oz Comic Con in the Canberra Region. These images were taken at Oz Comic Con Event at EPIC in Canberra. This was a great opportunity to meet a new audience and sell my book along with the books other have written.
In Canberra, the members of FAW are very supportive of each others work and professional development. I have met more authors and many budding youth authors. This has been a very rewarding development,
Regular Attendance at the Queanbayan Markets on the third sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm in 2022
In February 2022 I was elected president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc ACT & Region Branch. Since July 2022 FAW members have been attending the Queanbayan Markets once a month so members can sell their published books. It has been pleasing to make direct sales and meet our readers. I have been able to sell copies of my book this way.
BookTrail Agency are taking the updated version of my book to the Berlin Book Fair in October 2022
I am currently working with them to get the marketing material ready.
Yesterday ended the printing of any further copies of my first version of this book called 'My Mother's Way of Dying Well' - self published via Xlibris in 2014. This step was necessary as having two active copies of my book was creating confusion for buyers.
BookTrail Agency is able to print copies of the Revisited version of this book. It can be purchased via online booksellers. It should be considerably cheaper than the original version. The new cover design is shown below.
My Mother’s Way of Dying Well was launched in May 2014 during National Palliative Care Week here in Australia. A representative from the ACT Palliative Care organisation introduced my book and invited people to buy it at Beyond Q bookstore in Curtin Place Curtin ACT; and at Smiths Alternative – a book store and coffee house located on the ground floor of the Melbourne Building in Civic opposite the Post Office here in Canberra, ACT.
Since the book launch people have purchased copies to donate to the Library at Clare Holland House – the Canberra Hospice. A copy is also lodged at The National Library of Australia.
Regarding presentations and seminars, I have given pro bono presentations to students of aged care and to aged care groups that have requested them. I do have copies of the paperback version of the book available to sell at those times so people do not have to wait to get one.
The best way for people to buy this book is online. There are many companies that are able to provide copies of it such as Xlibris online bookstore, Collins Booksellers, Barnes and Noble, E-bay, Amazon, Booktopia and Fishpond. For those who want a large order Xlibris is able to do bulk orders as they are printed on demand.
For me – the book launch is when I was able to let this project go as it was like giving birth to something very precious to me. It was the way I have cast my bread upon the waters. Completing this work has been an amazing experience and a very satisfying memorial to my parents Helen and Geoffrey Byrne. My hope is that people reading my book will get to meet them this way, they were inspiring people who loved generously. I hope their story will help you to do the same.
Dianne Porter is an author, singer song/writer and community development volunteer. Her nursing career was from 1971 to 2004 when it ended. This is her first book published in January 2014.