Magical Mystery Tour – After Yasi Hosts Revealed


So now the After Yasi virtual book tour heads from Dimity Powell’s blog home  to Chairmaine Clancy’s web page.

I am so delighted with the retweets, shares, facebook posts, and comments coming into various spaces on facebook, the blogs and launch pages.  Queensland History, Australian Women’s Writers, ABC Far North, ABC Open and individuals like Sam Sochacka (amazing children’s literacy advocate) and others I have become twitter colleagues with, have really made my day.

A key part of setting up the blog tour is taking you on a journey through other blogs I admire.

Dimity is a tireless children’s writer who reviews books.  Charmaine is a dedicated author, teacher and writing retreat organiser whose blog seeks to encourage writers to develop their skills.

You all know how much I love ABC Open. They have been central to the mentoring that enabled many aspects of the ebook to be created.

Karen Tyrrell is dedicated to the development of resilience in children and adults.  She has many books people who like my book would also love reading.

Coming up are a poet, dance advocate, school counsellor, aid worker, and creatives.  But let’s leave some of the magic of their spaces a mystery as they are just around the corner.

My goal with this tour is to introduce the After Yasi –  Finding the Smile Within ebook to anyone who would benefit from reading it and exploring its various filmic, photographic and video hyperlinks.  Its first incarnations where a photo exhibition, followed by a community coffee table book mostly created for the contributors (but still available through blurb.)

The strength of an ebook is that for a full colour experience they are inexpensive and can encourage you to visit hyperlinked online materials.

If you visit any of the blogs leave a comment for your chance to receive a free copy of the ebook or a photographic print.

The tour will be continuing until February 3rd.  So stay tuned for the next installment.


Creatavist – a place for digital stories


Time for Saturday writing sagas to begin again.

I have discovered the joys of building on creatavist.

You can check out my creations there by visiting Gumbootspearlz Creatavist.

Now keen to start putting sound and media into the next creations.

I have been working hard to understand ebook formatting options and ereaders and applications.

Finally after two weeks of solid googling, I feel I’m making some progress.

Conclusion, we need a universal language of ebooking, that also allows for fixed page format that can cope with complex graphics, but also encourages people to innovate and extend their online storytelling and embrace scrolling text and addition of video that is integrated into the reading experience.

The possibilities are exciting, and I was born to experiment with stories. How about you?

Saturday writing sagas is about to begin explorations of the digital publishing art forms and applications.

Stay tuned!