On Saturday, 24 September 2016, we held a book launch party to celebrate the completion of the long awaited Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. I say “long awaited: because the book has been almost 3 years in the making and I first got support from the community through a Kickstarter campaign in March 2014.
The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book has been developed as a way of introducing people to the symptoms of invisible illnesses. There is a strong focus on the different types of pain that people may live with, but it also looks at symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue. As well as the main picture book part, the back of the book contains more in-depth information to help promote further discussion.
We had around 60 people attend the launch, including a few local politicians and key medical staff in the chronic pain field. It was a great opportunity to also raise awareness of the fact that these conditions are often being overlooked from a funding perspective, as well as from a general quality of life perspective.
I still have a bit of work to do to get the paperback version of the book available online, but you can get the Kindle version on Amazon now. You can contact me via the contact us page if you’d like the printed version (I have some of the Kickstarter print run still available for sale).
There is also a giveaway currently running through Goodreads (10 copies available) if you’re interested in trying to win a copy of the book.
I really wanted to do the book launch this week, as it coincides nicely with Invisible Illness Awareness Week. However, due to the fact that none of the print-on-demand printers seem to allow A4 Landscape books, I had to redesign the book to be square for online sales. This should be available soon and I will let you know when it is!
I want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped make the launch a success. In particular, thank you to:
- Erik for videography and money handling.
- Akil, from Akil Madan Photography, for the images.
- Vouch, from Black Sheep Cooking School, and Sophie for catering.
- The Hon. Kelly Vincent for speaking.
- My Step-father, Wayne for making the Ukelele as a door prize
- Erik’s Amma, Erika, and my Step-father’s mum, Clarice, for helping to ice the cake.
Without further ado, here’s the book launch in pictures (we did record the speeches and I’ll share the videos another time)…