Virginia Lloyd


What a KAK: My commercial TV debut

Blog, Young Widow's Book of Home Improvement

Today marks the end of official publicity for my The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement. At almost four months since publication, that’s a media marathon for a first-time author, so I’m not complaining. It is a relief, however, to know I don’t have to keep returning to my own Ground Zero in public. Outside the covers of my book, I mean.

I ended my tour of publicity this morning. Not with a whimper, but with the bang of commercial television: a six-minute slot with Kerrie-Anne Kennerley on her national morning program. In Canberra to host the first of three lectures in Sydney PEN’s Voices: 3 Writers series at the National Library, I switched on the TV at 9.00 this morning, still in my PJs, to watch. (The Friday show is pre-recorded on a Wednesday. Thus I knew already I’d be on second, immediately following a conversation with a horse to celebrate the animals’ generic birthday on 1 August, and before the advertorial for some sort of mop.) But instead of K-A’s beaming visage in front of my eyes, all I saw was a smiling Ellen DeGeneres. I turned to my hotel room’s TV guide for clarification and discovered that down Canberra way, K-A doesn’t beam into living rooms until midday. There’s a joke in there somewhere about the sun never going down on the Channel 9 empire, or K-A never going down on … but I’m too tired, after driving to Canberra and back, to find it.

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