Today I caught a glimpse behind the scenes by visiting the Random House Australia warehouse. Thanks to Janine for inviting me and giving such a fascinating tour. It was so exciting to see all the huge machinery and boxes of books. Amazing to think that Chasing the Valley is currently stored there!
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Out the front
Warehouse shelves. In the foreground, a box of books travels past on a conveyer belt.
Boxes of books travel along conveyer belts
Typical view of warehouse shelves
These dispensers fill boxes of books with protective foam puffs
Typical view of foam puff dispensers & machinery
Boxes of books, ready to be shipped off to stores!
It’s time to reveal the back cover of Chasing the Valley! Apologies for the poor image quality; I just scanned a physical copy of the book. (Click image to enlarge.)
Since there are a few quotes on the cover, this seems a good time to thank the RH Book Buddies for your lovely reviews. My publisher could only fit three quotes onto the cover, but your comments were my first real feedback from impartial readers and I was truly touched by all your kindness and enthusiasm. Thank you!
Today my author copies of Chasing the Valley arrived! I wasn’t sure whether to shriek in excitement or burst into tears* so I settled for making an animated GIF of the unboxing. As you can see, my dog was keen to help.
Next week I’m visiting the Random House warehouse, where many more copies of Chasing the Valley are waiting to be shipped off to bookstores around Australia. Just over a month to go!
*If reality TV has taught me anything, it’s the obligation to sob hysterically when a lifelong dream comes true.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend my first pop culture convention: Supanova in Melbourne. I spent the day with the awesome ladies at the Random House stand, admiring the passing costumes.* Many thanks to Sarana for inviting me; it was a terrific day!
As you can see in the photo, there were quite a few Chasing the Valley posters at the stand, which was incredibly exciting (and a little overwhelming)! I met so many great people, including the lovely Jess and James: winners of the VISA competition. I also signed their ARCs of Chasing the Valley, so the occasion doubled as my first ever book signing.
Book One is now less than eighty days from release, so I hope to have some more news soon… and maybe even a book trailer!
by Skye Melki-Wegner·Comments Off on VISA Competition (Supanova & Chasing the Valley)
Fun news today! VISA Entertainment is holding a competition to win VIP tickets to Supanova Pop Culture Convention in Melbourne — and the prize includes two signed, pre-release copies of CHASING THE VALLEY!
Today the postman left an amazing surprise on my doorstep:
Yep. That’s an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Chasing the Valley. The white bar on the front cover says it’s an “uncorrected proof” and “not for sale”.
This is the first time I’ve held my book in my hands. It’s not just a Word document or a printed stack of pages. It’s a BOOK! This is one of the most exciting milestones in my publishing journey so far.