The Passion of Community Publications
Last week I loaded six pallets of books into the truck and drove off into the distance.
To make the agreed timeline and make sure their books arrived in good shape we decided to drive Rod Adam's latest book 'Misty Mountain' - Stanthorpe through Time to Stanthorpe ourselves.
We have known Rod & Ruth Adams for many years (since 1999) having helped them produce two previous historical volumes on Noosa and the Gubbi Gubbi people and Noosa Horizons, when they resided on the Sunshine Coast until 2004.
I enjoyed the 4 hour drive. It was a beautiful trip up through Cunningham's Gap with bellbirds in full voice. With the rain that has recently fallen over much of Queensland much of the countryside looked fresh and rejuvenated.
The Warwick district looked particularly alive. I did my business management degree at Gatton College and I was very much reminded of the good years in the Lockyer Valley.
Stanthorpe has certainly matured as a horticultural, wine and beef cattle region since my previous visits in transit to the NSW snowfields in the late 1970s. The energy of the area was obvious.
Helping people and organisations self publish is great fun. People only make the effort and take the risk of self publishing when they are passionate about their topic. Whilst we have become accomplished at taking the stress out of the practical process of print production we are rewarded with sharing the author's journey and their unbridled passion.
Misty Mountain is launched this weekend 8th February. Good luck Rod & Ruth.