What does being a new author feel like?

So far? Joyous.

My friends and family are all super happy for me and it’s too soon for any dubious reviews. Quite the opposite, including this very nice one in The West Australian. People have even complimented me on my neat handwriting.

In the past week alone I’ve had a launch party, two library talks and five radio interviews (including one with Wendy Harmer – yes WENDY HARMER!!!!!!) And every occasion was full of people who wished me well, and simply wanted to know more about Elizabeth Macarthur.

The launch party was an absolute highlight. I decided against holding the launch in a bookshop, and instead gathered with friends and family in the back room of an inner city pub. Finger food and an open bar ensured everyone had a good time. People travelled from near and far (including from interstate and and overseas) and the room was full of happiness. Readings Books sold copies of my book on the night, and the salesperson exclaimed that she’d never seen so many people at a launch buying multiple copies. But then, I already knew my friends were generous and kind.

I was initially quite anxious about the radio interviews but it turns out that they’re not hard. Ten minutes of friendly Q&A, usually beginning with ‘So how did you come to be interested in Elizabeth Macarthur?’ Some of the interviewers had even read the book. Most of the interviews were by phone, although I did speak to Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck (in Sydney) from the ABC studios in Melbourne. And I travelled up to Bendigo to be interviewed live, and in person, for ABC Central Victoria – that one was probably my favourite, although I got lost trying to find the venue. Stressful!

The author talks have been similarly happy occasions: small groups, active listeners, and thoughtful questions afterwards. I have three more coming up this week, and I’m really looking forward to them. Later in the week I’ll also be talking to 3CR (after 11:30 on Thursday 19 April) and recording an interview with Geraldine Doogue, for her show on Radio National. Yes, my publicist from Text Publishing is awesome, and this is the result.

So how does it feel to be a new author?

It feels good – in fact, every bit as good as I was hoping. My life hasn’t changed (my day job continues, the laundry pile awaits, I clean up horse manure on a daily basis) but I’ve achieved something worthwhile. And, best of all, I’m still having plenty of Adventures in Biography – even if they do have a new look and feel now.

2018-04-15T17:11:11+10:00 April 15th, 2018|Writing|8 Comments


  1. wadholloway April 16, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I loved Wendy Harmer, comedian, can’t imagine her as a wishy washy middle of the road ABC commentator, but to be interviewed by G Doogue, that’s serious! (You looked like you were having the time of your life and it sounds like you are).

    • Michelle Scott Tucker April 16, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

      I was kind of hoping Wendy and I would bond during the interview and become BFFs and she’d invite me over for dinner parties and ring me for advice about what to wear to charity galas. You’ll be astounded to learn that it didn’t happen (but we had a perfectly nice interview). And yes, GD is The Business!

  2. luisaredford April 16, 2018 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Congratulations, sounds like you have a had an amazing week.

    • Michelle Scott Tucker April 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks and yes, to quote Zaphod Beeblebrox, “Amazingly amazing!”

  3. Gail Rehbein April 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    It’s wonderful to read your updates Michelle. What an exciting time! Plus, that sense of achievement that you mention, is priceless.

  4. whisperinggums April 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Sounds like it’s going splendidly Michelle … and Geraldine Doogue! Wow, that’s wonderful. I can see you are enjoying the experience – but keeping your head in check too!!

    Keep these posts going … or, is it, coming! Anyhow, you know what I mean.

    • Michelle Scott Tucker April 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Oh I’m glad you’re enjoying these posts. I do worry that I’m getting a bit *look at me* tedious.

      • whisperinggums April 18, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

        No, you’re not. They’re interesting, and you don’t overdo it. Every day might be tedious. Every week or so, not.

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