Book launches, parties, anything…

So I’ve now got a launch date for Greythorne – Fri 27 November, 6pm, at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, Canberra (more info available on my Facebook page,

I guess the only thing to do now is actually organise it, which is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. There’s so much information out there about how to throw a successful book launch, but a lot of it seems geared to much bigger operations (and budgets) than mine – people who are promoting NYT bestsellers in New York, not debut novels in Canberra, which, despite being the capital city, is essentially a big country town.

And so I’m asking for your help – what do you think (as fellow readers and/or writers) makes a successful book launch? Theme or no theme? Giveaways (bearing in mind I’m on a pretty tight budget)? Any tips or tricks that have worked for you? Please let me know in the comments.

Published by lmmerrington

L.M. Merrington is a freelance writer, editor, academic and communications professional. Her journalism and academic writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and South Asia Masala, among others. Her first novel, Greythorne, will be published by Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital imprint, in 2015. She is currently completing an academic monograph, India and China in the Asia-Pacific, 1890–2030, and working on her next novel.

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