Saturday, July 9, 2016

Day 2459 - The Cheer Chick Charlie Book Release Party, Gold Coast

It's party time!



Today was the day we had the national release party for Cheer Chick Charlie Book 8: Let's Do This!

I think it's safe for me to say, it was fantastic!




Invites went out to our Fan Club members and then to cheerleading squads attending the Aussie Gold International Cheer and Dance Championships who were in the Cheer Chick Charlie age group.



Book 8 is set on the coast so the party had to have a coastal theme and it seems fitting that since my original fans were all cheerleaders, that I continue to nurture and thank the cheer community for embracing the series.

The cheerleading event on the Gold Coast was the perfect choice of venue.

The party was not only to celebrate the book release, but to say thanks to the kids who read my work.

To create a beach theme we decorated the author table with shells, coastal greenery, frangipani leis and miniature sea turtles in keeping with the books story-line.




We also included Charlie merchandise with the new book taking prime position, matching postcards, motivational wristbands and hair bows.  To add some dimension we put a few of the postcards into frames which we later gave away as prizes. To add some fun I threw a few sparkly stars around the table and some lollies.




From a food point of view the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre catered with mini cupcakes, brightly coloured lamingtons (in the colours of my books) and fresh seasonal fruit.





Luckily they suggested I put bollards up to rope off my area and to keep the fans orderly during the signing process.  I didn't think this was necessary, but it turns out it was.  I had fans lining up from 11.45 for the midday start which took me by surprise.

Charlie made an appearance at the event which was super cool and she not only had her photo taken with fans but also signed a few books too.



I signed a heap of books and also signed my first cheer bow as well as the leg of a Cheer Chick Charlie doll.  She's tattooed! Eeek.

Fans entered the draw to win prizes which we drew an hour or two after the signing event.  They won a combination of Charlie merchandise and book signing decorations (the leis, photo frames and turtles).

The whole launch only went for around 30-40 minutes.  Well, closer to an hour if you count the early start. But the book signing continued on and off for the rest of the day.



It was pretty hectic! Probably the best book release event so far.

Gooooo Charlie! 





33 comments :

  1. Congratulations on the successful release of your new book Leanne. It looks like you were very busy with all that signing! Well done you :)

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  2. Well done, Leanne! The launch looks amazing. It must be so rewarding seeing how loved Charlie is.

    SSG xxx

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  3. I completely missed that you were a published author! I'm going to hunt out these books for my little miss. Looks like a fun event for your latest launch.

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    1. Hi Cate! You can find them in most bookshops and online bookstores as well as directly from www.CheerChickCharlie.com Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So excited for you - looks like it was a fabulous occasion, and how lovely to have fans lining up early! Having had a couple of book launches myself, I know how much work goes on behind the scenes so this is such a credit to you. Hope it becomes a best seller!!!

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    1. Me too Janet. Me too! The difficulty I had with the launch was planning it all in just a few days (given we'd been overseas) and doing it remotely! It was all smooth sailing though. Worked well.

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  5. Congratulations Leanne! You must be so proud of all the work you've put in and how much your efforts are valued. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty. I'm more proud of Charlie to be honest ... sounds weird, but very proud that this little fictitious character has the ability to connect with kids. Don't feel as though it's me at all!

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  6. Well done. This looks incredible! You've put so much hard work in to this Leanne. What a fabulous event to organize!

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    1. Onward and upward! We've just got to keep plugging away at things ...

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  7. Great to read - well done you!!

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  8. Leanne, congratulations! Looks like a wonderful time was had and I bet all those young fans will remember the day for a long time :)

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  9. Leanne, what an amazing experience!!!! Congratulations. I can't wait to introduce my girls to your books when they're a little older :)

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  10. Woohoo Leanne!
    I must check out the Cheer Chick Charlie books for my girls! they are 11 is that the right age range?
    xoxo

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    1. That's right. The reading lexile is 7-11 year olds. I have fans from as young as 5 right up to 13 year olds. The younger ones read with their parents and the older ones stay with the series because they just like it apparently. Let me know how you go!

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  11. Congrats on what sounds like an awesome event! The last picture of you is gorgeous. You look so radiant!

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    1. Aww, thanks Tegan. I'm still drooling over the food photos myself.

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  12. Looks like a great event! And congrats on the new book!!

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  13. Congrats on your new book from me too I enjoyed your photos and the cakes heheh!

    Love that name Cheer Chick Charlie brilliant :-)

    Have a cheerchickcharlietastic day :-)

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  14. Congratulations. So very pleased for you. Looks fabulous.

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  15. How exciting! Looks like a great launch!

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  16. Leanne, I am sorry I missed this earlier. Congratulations - you are a winner in so many ways!

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  17. That's so awesome Leanne! I'm so happy for you! What a great achievement these books are. xx

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  18. Oh wow! How exciting! I can't believe you're up to book 8.What an incredible achievement xxx Congratulations! #TeamIBOT

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