The roll out of the Media Releases has happened at last. Articles appeared in the August edition of three monthly publications, The WA Senior, The Subiaco Post and Have -A-Go News. Two of the journalists had read the book prior to reviewing the book and writing up the article. I was interviewed by a journalist from The Subiaco Post who was accompanied by an experienced photographer. She said that she was the first female cadet photographer with The Countryman some years ago. It made a connection, as Ron read about land being open for selection in The Countryman in September 1955.
All the articles chose a different snippet to write about such as ‘living in a shed accompanied by snakes, bushflies and centipedes;’ ‘buried vegetables to keep them fresh;’ Another wrote ‘Getting rid of a poisonous native plant called Champion Bay, was the first of their many hurdles.’ Yet another ‘A Piece of Good Land gives a great insight into what life was like for new land settlers and young farming families in the state’s Mid-West from the 1960s through to the ‘80s.’ One paper is offering a book to be won by contacting them before the end of August, 2017.
Shoma and I attended a meeting to speak about the book with the Wider Vision Bassendean group, early in August. We had a very pleasant morning with this group of about 40 people from the surrounding suburbs. I spoke about the content of A Piece of Good Land and how I tackled it. Shoma spoke to encourage people to write their own story and she gave tips on how to get started. Shoma has developed a program ‘Mastering the art of writing a memoir’ to help those wanting to write their memoirs. You can contact Shoma by email: [email protected] for more details. Much interest was shown and discussion developed after our talks.
Book sales stepped up after the articles appeared in the local papers. One client arrived in his work van, after contacting me by phone. He was a plumber. After speaking to him about his connection to the Dandaragan area, I said that I had a leaking tap that he may be able to fix sometime. “I can do it now,” he said. I told him I had visitors soon, and it wouldn’t be convenient. “When are they coming?” he asked. “About 1.30.” I said. “I will be finished well before then.” He replied. The job was done in 15 minutes. When I asked him how he wanted to be paid, he calculated his job compared to the price of my book and he said it would be about the same. “Let’s call it quits.’’ He said. So, we did. Nothing like old fashioned bartering.
Life for me other than The Book involvement will take a different direction this week, when a friend and I are taking a 5-day coach tour to Busselton and the nearby region. We will attend the Nannup tulip and an Old Time Music Hall Show at Busselton. It looks like the weather is fining up, so it will be something to look forward to.