When we first launched A Stranger's Tale, only a few months in, Covid hit.
I worked in Emergency at the time as a Clerk and it was the beginning of one of the most busiest and stressful times of my life. We were physically and mentally exhausted, worried and frightened of what was going on in the world. While I worked extra shifts and overtime, some days even missing breaks to work through, my little book took a back seat as did my plans for a book launch, something I'd dreamed about for as long as I've been writing.
From there, we went into lockdown after lockdown. Events were cancelled, bookstores closed and the only source of self-promotion I had, was Instagram. And what an awesome and supportive community that is!
Sales were doing great but being from Australia meant that postage costs to international readers was also quite high. But still you guys showed your support and paid the crazy rates! I teared up quite a few times because self-doubt has always been a constant with me so with every review left, with every sale that came through, I grew more and more confident in my little story.
Then, Australia Post increased their prices and my heart sank.
I had to up the price.
For a while I didn't. I didn't think it was fair to charge so much but as time went on, I began to tally up how much I was losing from this and eventually had to increase the cost of postage.
Still, those sales kept coming through. But I wondered so often, how many people weren't able to order directly from me because of this? How many missed out, even though they really wanted a book?
And this right here is why I'm thrilled that Adam Oehlers is running this pre-order. Because now, the other side of the world gets access to copies that are signed by him and that come with a stunning, limited edition print of our Stranger. Copies of the book that aren't attached with exuberant postage cost that are an absolute killer for indie authors and their sales.
Our book was launched during a time where the whole world stopped. A time when so much was uncertain. Now, it gets a second chance. 🙏❤
Head on over to Adam's website www.nomadicalley.bigcartel.com/ where you'll find the link to the pre-order!
But hurry as it's fast approaching the deadline before the pre-order ends.
Adam's debut book arrived in the mail over the weekend and my goodness it is everything and more! I was so engrossed in the details that I almost missed something very special.
I've never been mentioned in a book before, I mean, it's not something I really ever considered would happen. So you can imagine my surprise when my own name jumped out at me from the acknowledgment page.
What's more, it was the most beautiful thank you, formed in the most beautiful way, that I've ever received and safe to say, it had me in tears.
This book is a treasure. Something to read and re-read for years to come. The pure magic of nature shines through each page as the story takes the reader by the hand and guides them through this surreal world.
I read this book out loud and though I had read it before in its earlier stages, it felt like I was stepping into the story for the very first time and was in awe of where it took me.
I'm so damn proud of this man and this magical piece of art he's created. To order yourself a copy or to check out his artwork, head on over to his Instagram or website.
Launch day is here!
Adam Oehler’s ‘Thistledown’ exhibition launched today and i’m over the moon to see that the original illustrations from A Stranger’s Tale are on display.
What an incredibly surreal feeling it is, to see my characters... my world... hung on the walls of a New York art gallery.
To see the exhibition please visit:
So many pieces are already spoken for but there are still some stunning ones left including ‘The North Wind’ piece.
I’m excited to be the proud owner of two. 'The Embrace’ and 'The Stranger’ Both of which I feel are coming back home to me after a long adventure.
And what an adventure it has been!
Below is a live launch video of Adam and Erica from Haven Gallery who discuss the works in greater detail.
I love the fact that, even during these strange and frightening times, where businesses have had to close their doors, they’ve still found a way to exist and to share art with the world. We will never stop creating art. Of any medium. As long as there are people who want to see it.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for supporting us.
Adam Oehlers, the incredibly talented illustrator of A Stranger’s Tale, went live on Instagram today with Erica from Haven Gallery to talk about his upcoming exhibition ‘Thistledown’.
The exhibition features some of the original artwork from our book, A Stranger’s Tale, and Adam talks about our book and our time working together.
The exhibition launches on the 2nd May 2020 so stay tuned! And in the meantime, if you haven’t already seen it, here is the live video itself.