Finally, the day had come to launch MidnightSun Publishing’s first book ever! Anna Solding’s enchanting novel The Hum of Concrete was about to take flight from the most wonderful writers’ festival in the world, Adelaide Writers’ Week. Amongst the trees of the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, highly esteemed writer Sean Williams said a few well-chosen words on stage before Anna proceeded to tell the audience an ice-breaker:
It was the story about the writer who was given the option of going to heaven or hell.
She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.
‘Oh my,’ said the writer. ‘Let me see heaven now.’
A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.
‘Wait a minute,’ said the writer. ‘This is just as bad as hell!’
‘Oh no, it’s not,’ replied an unseen voice. ‘Here, your work gets published.’
After the laughter died down, Anna told the audience about the long and winding road The Hum of Concrete has taken to get to this point and about how delighted she was to finally be standing there in front of such a beautiful group of people who have always been supportive of her endeavours.
She read the first chapter of the novel so those unfamiliar with The Hum of Concrete would get a feel for it. It was a beautiful launch for a beautiful book!
The queue was long at the book signing table and Anna was delighted to write something nice in every book.
The MidnightSun Publishing team couldn’t be more proud!