How I came to host my own book launch event

Making Mindful Magic author, Lea McKnoulty

Making Mindful Magic author, Lea McKnoulty

My plan for Making Mindful Magic has always included the premise that the universe will help me and guide me in getting its message out into the world.

I didn’t set out to have a big launch event, it felt much more comfortable for me to proceed with an online launch but the universe has ways of offering opportunities and none more so than my author event at Mary Ryan’s Milton on Thursday 21 April.

I have discovered since self-publishing Making Mindful Magic that although the first part was not easy, it was straightforward in comparison to the varied skills required in marketing and distributing the book, one of them being public speaking. It’s not that I have an aversion to speaking in front of a group – I was a teacher – but speaking about myself is something quite new for me!

Mary Ryan Milton has a team of people, headed by the very capable and amiable Kirsty-Lee who are incredibly supportive of authors, even self-published ones like me. So when they agreed to stock my book, I of course accepted their offer to hold an author event at the store. It’s part of my plan for the book, to say ‘yes’ to whatever opportunities arise and then trust the universe will help me work it out.

On the night I’ll be exploring issues like what inspired me to write the book, how I came to write it and how I see the role of mindfulness in the quest to slow down and lead calmer, more meaningful lives.

There will be a Q&A session and I will also read the book and discuss ways to use it with the children in your lives. We’ll include a mindfulness exercise of our own and send you home with a little party favour to remember the night!

If you live in Brisbane I’d love to meet you personally and if you haven’t had the opportunity to purchase a book, I’ll happily write a personal message in a new one or bring along one you may have bought already.


Thursday 21 April
6.15pm (event will run for about an hour)

Mary Ryan's Milton
40 Park Road,
Milton, Brisbane

Please RSVP to or via our Facebook event here so we can count you in for nibbles, drinks and your goody to take away at the end.