Launching a book into the world

It's a big deal, sending your baby out into the real world. It's exciting and scarey and expensive. Wiremu Weka Treks the Alps is my third self-publication. Why did I write it? Because I crossed Arthur's Pass many times when I lived in the South Island. I experienced my hero's adventures - it was my sandal a weka stole at Lake Brunner. I wrote a story about it and it won an international prize. I was inspired to write more for children and it became Chapter 2 in the book. As an educator I could make it fun to read about our world-famous SH73 through Arthur's Pass, the native wildlife, geographical formations, history and Maori culture. I took most of the photos, helped with the map and did th