unashamedly ask for you to pass my website on so that I can sell my books.
Self-publishing is so hard. I am competing against the ‘big boys and girls’ and
breaking into the mainstream sales mechanism is all but impossible. I am selling
a few through Wheelers books and some library suppliers here in NZ and Australia.
If you have read any of the three books; ‘Coastal
Yarns,’ ‘Roskill’ and ‘Talk To Me,’ and you enjoyed any of them, please put
my contact links on your Facebook and
Twitter accounts. Then of course I repeat
my plea for you to ask for my books at your local library. I suspect a few
sales have happened that way.
embarrassed about making my plea for help; heck no! What have I got to lose apart
from a few people who have hated my books? I really want to put out my next
ones, but that will have to wait. The bank overdraft can only go so far-----at
there was a serious fire on Mt Eden, which threatened nearby houses. It is
thought it may have been caused by fireworks. We already know that for the days
around Guy Fawkes Night, there are the inevitable fires and danger re injury,
but at this time of the year the potential risk are much more serious. Public
displays are the only way to go, whether it is for Guy Fawkes or other celebratory
during a dry hot summer it is absolute madness to allow individuals to let off
fireworks. The inherent danger to people and property is obvious. We do not
need bush fires and there is enough to raise the danger level, without the
human element re idiots who do not take necessary precautions to prevent ‘accidents.
Have we not
arrived at a time where the need for fireworks should be limited to ‘public
display’ only? We now have Guy Fawkes, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Matariki
and I am sure there are other ‘festivals’ that will assume importance as NZ
becomes even more ethnically diverse. It is great to have celebrations but we
have to consider the greater need for public safety. We can still celebrate
with beautiful fireworks, but lets be a bit more sensible and have those ‘who
know what they are doing’ create the display. Unfortunately, all one needs for
a ‘disaster in the making is, weather conditions, alcohol fuelled stupidity and
ignorance re safety features to all combine and we are all the losers. We also
have the days of loud explosions, casing mayhem to our animal friends.