Launch of After Yasi

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Welcome to the Launch of After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within.  So wish it was possible to be with you all in person.

I did think about doing a live broadcast, but am not quite that advanced yet. One day. Instead here is the launch program for today and if you like for inspiration and to imagine we are all together in real space visit the video of the launch of the physical book.

Make sure you have your favourite healthy or unhealthy snack with you, and if you can your favourite people, friends, family, or pets.

Now be prepared for a travel through some links and keep this page open so you can see where to go to next.

Do any or all of the 8 activities, listed to participate in the launch. It’s totally up to you what you do, in what order etc.

Activities

  1. Listen to this poem –  Breathe
  2. Visit Mel Irvine’s post and any others in the blog hop and leave a comment Creative Recovery: human responses to natural disaster
  3. Watch a video story  (recommended Operation AngelBack on Track, Compilation Trailer).
  4. Visit the instrumental of Angie by Ben and the joint instrumental of Sandon and Ben – Stairway to Heaven [will make this link public later today all our friends can access it now]
  5. Head over to the live chat (times are later in the post.  This is low tech and just type in your comments at the facebook event site under where we begin the chat).  If you don’t have facebook post your comments under this blog and me and my family will answer them here.
  6. Leave comments on any spot in the blog hop for your chance to win a photo print  from the book (your choice) or a free copy of the ebook (you can still do this for the next few days).
  7. Any time today: Share an inspiring memory of the days,week, months, years, after Yasi of something kind you did or something kind someone else did for you (say if you want it considered for inclusion in the smilewithin.blogspot.com website).  Do it in your facebook status and or on twitter add the hash tag #afteryasi
  8. If you feel inspired buy  the ebook  HERE.

Feel free to scroll back through this week and leave comments as well.  And feel free to share this link and invite all you think would love participating.

Live Chat

At following times – pop in and chat. LIVE CHAT AT THIS LINK (or if no facebook under this post)

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

3 Times below for the live chat beginnings, this is to attempt to cater for Australian, US and UK participants.

3rd of February 11am – 12 midday(Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)
3rd of February 10pm -11pm (Australia, Queensland, Brisbane time)

Please to work out when to be there wherever you are in the World or Australia use this http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Suggestions for the online chat:

  • How to turn a negative into a positive
  • How to become a community grass roots documentary maker or artist
  • Affirmation – Acts of compassion and kindness
  • The ebook journey

The upside of this approach is that you can complete it at your own pace, any time today, but there are also some times I will be online for a live chat.  Some of my family, including my dear hubby will be turning up for these live chats.  I’m sure those of you who know David know that he can be hilarious.

Please let  me know with a smile icon or short message that you have popped in even if you don’t want to say much and just want to read, watch, listen.

I’ve been posting some thankyou lists, and will do a separate post on that tomorrow just to keep the blog short.

You can also check out

My storify collection

Videos

Blogspot archive

Explore ABC Open’s Aftermath Project 

After Yasi 4 year Anniversary – nearly here

February 2nd in Australia.

It’s been  weekend of reviews and this morning a profound chat with Ali.

Tomorrow it will be 4 years since Cyclone Yasi made landfall.  Presently Tropical Cyclone Ola looks like it won’t be too much hassle.  One of our sources of information during Yasi, other than the BOM site and ABC, were Oz Cyclone Chasers.  I still check their site to see how things are brewing in the Far North.

There is just one more blog hop  for the After Yasi Virtual Book tour, and then a wrap up post and launch.

The final blog we’ll visit is of profound and compassionate musician, Melinda Irvine, who is herself now working in Aftermath recovery in the Phillipines.

Over the weekend Carol Campbell,  Gail Kavanagh and Owen Allen posted reviews of the ebook.

“The eBook is an interactive experience that links to blogs and sources that show how people coped with the cyclone and the aftermath. It’s a rich trail of material that celebrates the human spirit in all its facets – despair, pain, recovery, optimism and resilience.blghopchristine

Among the highlights for me are Christine Jenkins and the anchor she tied to her house; Mr Hardy and his chainsaw optimism; and the wonderful poem Cassowaries Can Fly.”
Gail Kavanagh

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“Having an interest in contemporary dance, I particularly appreciated that one of the recovery events that June documented was a dance workshop run by local dancer Danielle Wilson. Contemporary dance is still a less well-developed community art form in Australia.” Owen Allen

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This morning Ali Stegert has shared her interview focusing on yasi and its impact on children and youth,  with thought provoking questions inspired by her background as a school counsellor.

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Don’t forget that if you leave a comment on any of our blogs included in the virtual tour you will have a chance to win a free copy of the ebook or copy of the photographic print from the book.  Your chance to comment for a prize continues until the 6th of February.

Blog Hop Begins – Recovering Joy after Cyclone Yasi

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photographer: Sheridan Perkins

A four year journey to create this ebook.  Finally it’s here.

Documenting Disaster Recovery for Beginners  ABC Open

“It’s powerful to document something you have been through with a community, like bush fire, cyclone, flood, storm, tsunami, but how can you write, video, photograph it in a way that is accessible to people who haven’t been through the event and sensitive to those who have lived it ?”

Karen Tyrrell on After Yasi Book Launch and Blog Tour

“As a survivor of bullying and mental illness and a resilience author, I was interested in how June and her community survived their ordeal with coping skills and resilience. So I interviewed June to find out…”

Tomorrow heading to Dimity’s blog.

Dim’s Write Stuff

*Please note if you leave comments on the participating blogs after the ABC Open one you have a chance to win a copy of the ebook, or a photographic print of an image from the ebook.  Thanks so much for your kind interest in this project.

Hooray Ebook After Yasi Ready

afteryasiFINAL1Just letting you know the ebook of After Yasi is now available for $4.75 (Australian Dollars). Currency converter here http://www.xe.com/pca/input.php

(That’s about 2.56 pounds and $3.86 US dollars)

Full of interesting links to blogs, videos and photo sets on the recovery after yasi and a slightly adapted version of the coffee table book version (slightly fewer photographs in the ebook.)

Most of all this book is a celebration of the optimism of the Cassowary Coastal community and a reflection on the ways creativity in many forms played an important role in lifting people’s spirits.

https://authors-unlimited.org/book-member/after-yasi-finding-the-smile-within

Sample here: http://gumbootspearlz.pressbooks.com/

On February 3rd 2014 an online launch event will be happening. You can participate from wherever you are.

Feel free to join the event at the link here https://www.facebook.com/events/866286073402069/?pnref=story and follow what happens on that day.

A blog tour in the lead up to the launch will be announced soon.

Reviews can be found HERE

Ebook Covers – More Paper Please

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Ebook Cover More Paper Please draft 1# -Photography by June Perkins, using templates

At the moment I am preparing covers for my ebooks.     

It was serendipitous that just as I was thinking about embarking on this an email came from Joel Friedlander, who has an excellent blog for advice for self publishers  THE BOOK DESIGNER.

You just have to do a brilliant job of your book cover as well as the content, as it’s the portal to invite readers to notice your book. A lot of authors will hand this over to others,  some will attempt it themselves and may do a great job or a terrible one (and not realise it).  I love the artistry of cover pages and so am keenly adding this to my skill set.  I have a massive collection of my own photographs and collages and am doing new ones all the time. I plan to offer to do covers for a fee for others when I have had a bit more experience with my own covers.

Joel put his subscribers in touch with an awesome contact, Ed Lewis who was offering templates in photoshop for a great price.  It is so worthwhile subscribing to his blog. 

Now that I have developed a lot of confidence in photoshop the templates Joel said Ed was offering looked worth my while. I am not just designing covers to save money but because I genuinely love design work and have a passion for it.

I still have to study the video tutorials for the finer details of how to make the most of the templates but with the knowledge I already have of photoshop, as well as a huge library of my own collages, images, and creativity and imagination I was able to do two rough cover ideas straight away.  The one at the top of this blog needs a little more work, but I am almost there with it.

A big thank you to Joel for putting his subcribers in touch with Ed. 

I am confident that I will be able to offer to do ebook covers for other writers soon – but first to master all the templates, and ins and outs .

What I love about the templates is the principles of good design and messaging that are in place to help you structure your cover sensibly (not too much or too little information).  The templates are further sorted into genres, romance, spiritual, sport etc. You can use the templates to design books for others, but you cannot (and fair enough!) give the templates away.

Another site a friend has put me onto COPY BLOGGER which looks like it will be helpful when it comes to many questions about ebooks and marketing them.

Hmm now to sort out the royalties and distribution maze with ebooks – and make sure I do the best possible thing re tax and treaties, more on that later.

If you have any other suggestions re ebooking  or cover design would love you to share your journey.