a monumental disaster, read on – you’ll enjoy this:
The Cannington Times responded to my press release for my new book, Funny Australian Letterboxes. I completed the one page email interview. It was a basic questions and answers chat, but I added sparkle and wit – of course. They asked if I could come up to Perth for a photo shoot the next day. It’s an hour and forty-five minute drive to Perth and I had a book interview for a local newspaper that same morning…
I can squeeze it in. It’ll be a mad rush but…
the publicity will be worth it.
The photo shoot was fun. I visited my old high school where I was treated like a minor celebrity. The photographer decided to get a few photos in the library, so we dumped a row books from the book shelf and I was photographed with my head and book poking through the gap. Quite a creative shot.
I was told in an email the following day that the photographs looked great (of course they did. My hair was foofed and I slathered on my favourite lippy). Also, I could expect the article and pic in Tuesday’s Cannington Times.
With the impatience of a toddler demanding an ice cream
(yes it wasn’t pretty folks) I waited for Tuesday and…
No article. I shot a query email and was informed that next Tuesday would showcase the wonderful interview and great photo. So next Tuesday rolls along and, hello it’s not there. I had to send another email – yeah I’m feeling a bit like a nuisance now – the conclusion of this saga is a response email stating, “Sorry, we didn’t have the space for the photo but the story is in on page 16.”
No probs, I flicked to page 16 to check out the amazing… what is this?
Really?! One paragraph squished up in a bunch of advertising. I composed a wonderfully sparkling info email and drove all the way for this… also I had so much lipstick on I could hardly talk – I don’t know how celebs do it… I did look fabulous.
The author roller coaster is never boring:
This is the ‘article’ people:
New chapter for letterboxes
SOME of Australia’s most interesting letterboxes feature in the new book by a former Lynwood resident. (hello, I’m not a Lynwood resident)
Author Mj (It’s MJ …OK I’m being a little pedantic) Cope created Australia’s Funniest Letterboxes after noticing unusual letterboxes while working.
“The idea came from many weeks of ‘letterboxing’ for my church rally last year in February,” she said.
“I started taking my camera and I photographed all the letterboxes that were bizarre, creative or amusing. I now take my camera with me whenever I go out and capture creative letterboxes, odd signs or something humorous.”
I’m sure not one person read that teeny-tiny article. I’m all dark on you Cannington Times. Feel my wrath *shakes fist and grumbles*. I feel better now.
I told so many of my Perth buddies to grab the local newspaper so they could read my fascinating article with fabbo pic… it’s so bad… it’s funny.