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This article is part of a series. Read the previous article here > It was a crazy day today. There are so many last minute orders going through the warehouse from bookshops all trying to stay in stock of the most popular books this side of Christmas. It’s such a great time of year watching the amazing sales and very exciting that everything seems to be selling; particularly, Judy Nunn’s...

Nov 26

Everyone Has A Story

by Ray Martin on 26 November 2009

This article is part of a series. Read the previous article here > Everyone has a story. And some amazing ones, too. That’s my conclusion after speaking to hundreds of people in book signing queues from Toowoomba to Tuggernong in recent weeks. I’ve had the chance to listen to their personal stories, many of them harrowing. Probably twenty people – maybe more...

Nov 25

My Time In Canberra

by Ray Martin on 25 November 2009

This article is part of a series. Read the previous article here > The Canberra book-signing turn-out has been as enthusiastic as Shell Harbour. They crave aliens from the outside world down here. Aunt Karen let me sleep-in today, to a lazy 6.30am when my first interview came through. Brian - listed in my book as ‘the Favourite Brother in Law’ (or FBIL) - has come along...

Nov 25

On the Publicity Trail in Wollongong

by Ray Martin on 25 November 2009

This article is part of a series. Read the previous article here > Today, Wollongong, Shell Harbour and across the mountain to Canberra. It was quite a gallop, with Aunt Karen – the Random publicist – mercilessly driving the show. At least today Karen allowed us time between book signings and radio interviews to have a coffee, on the run. She restricted her donut intake to...

Nov 24

Travels With My Favourite Aunt

by Ray Martin on 24 November 2009

By nature, I’m one of those ‘glass half full’ blokes. Optimistic. I always think I’m going to get a parking spot. And I do. I’m usually blessed with luck. But then Random House gave me Karen Reid, the company uber publicist, to travel with to promote my book! Just joking. Karen’s great. Well, as much as a super-efficient, hard-working, take-no-prisoners,...