Well every day is different and also extremely busy.
Since I am also an acupuncturist, I often have to do an acupuncture treatment for an hour and then go back to the computer to read and answer emails from schools, bookshops and Doofuzz Dudes fans. I pack up sets of books to send to schools and bookshops and then run them up to the post office.
Today I spent the morning proof reading the manuscript of the eighth book in the Doofuzz Dudes series – The Planet Zok.
Often I visit schools and talk to students. I also drive interstate to visit schools. I’ve just come back from a week in Victoria and a week in Queensland.
While I was in Victoria I attended the Yabba Awards presentation and visited five schools – Sunbury Heights, Ardmona, Axedale, Moama and Echuca East Primary Schools. In Queensland I visited Our Lady of the Angels Primary and Mary Immaculate Primary and spoke at Clarindale Library.
I also do book signings at bookshops. Two weeks ago I did a booksigning at the new Angus and Robertson store at Top Ryde. I love talking to parents, children and librarians who pass through the stores. Christmas is always a busy time for me as I often go to a different bookshop each day.
In fact it’s very hard for me to find time to relax because if I’m not visiting schools, I’m most likely getting my next book ready – and that’s a lot of hard work! I have to proof read the book; organise the artwork; think about all the little extras I’m going to add to the back of the book (like the dictionary, glossary, extra bits of environmental information and the photos); get the ISBN and barcode ordered; get printing quotes and get the cover designed. Printing is a very exhausting and exacting business.
As you can see my days are very full!!