I have written a book. It’s called Say Hello. HarperCollins is my publisher. The book is a memoir – with anecdotes from my life to date, as well as thoughts and observations on ableism, media representation and beauty privilege. There’s advice to readers with and without ichthyosis, facial difference and disability. It encourages hope and disability pride. The book is called Say Hello because that’s what I want people to do, instead of ignoring me, looking shocked or scared, or making a rude comment about my face. If you enjoy my blog and articles, I think you’ll like my memoir.
There was no one in media or books who looked like me, or to tell me it’s ok to not want to change my appearance, and I didn’t know whether I’d find love – love with another or love for myself. I had to write that book. To be the person Little Carly needed. In Say Hello, I want to show parents who have a disabled child that there is no need to grieve a life lost – because their child is alive and can live a great life with love and support. I want to show readers how to be proud of their identity and their appearance, and love themselves even when the world has told them they have to hide. Representation matters. I hope this book is the start of more people with ichthyosis telling their own story – to shift the focus from the exploitative media we are seeing a lot of. Representation matters because shapes the way ichthyosis is seen, and lets people with ichthyosis see themselves. Disability literature must be disability-led.
Say Hello is in stores on 29 January 2019.
You can also get it from department stores and all good bookstores including Angus and Robertson, Dymocks, Readings, Better Read than Dead and The Avid Reader. Just ask your local bookstore if they have it, and if they don’t, they can order it in. It’s on Amazon Kindle too, but just in Australia.
International sales and audiobooks
Many people have asked me about an international release. At this stage, Say Hello just has an Australian and New Zealand release. I will talk with my agent and publisher about an international release – this depends on lots of factors including sales within Australia. But it’s great there is interest already!
International friends can order Say Hello at Readings, Dymocks and Boomerang Books, but there are some hefty postage fees. Again, if you pre-order these now, they’ll be posted in January 2019. There are no ebook options for international pre-order yet.
I also plan to record an audio book, and am in talks about it now.
I’ll keep you updated on the overseas and audiobook releases. Thanks for your patience.
Say Hello will be in Australian and New Zealand libraries. You can request a copy from your local library. I am also up for talks at libraries.
Say Hello has a Goodreads page. You can leave a review here, if you want to.
Book tour and talks
I will be doing a book tour in 2019.
The details so far are:
Melbourne – The Wheeler Centre – 24 January 2019, 6.00 – 8.00 pm. Watch the launch here.
The venue is wheelchair accessible and the event will be Auslan interpreted. The event was live streamed on my Facebook page.
Sydney – Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, hosted by Better Read than Dead Newtown – 6 February 2019, 6.30 – 8.30 pm. This event is sold out.
The event is wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreted, amd we are looking to record it.
Perth – Perth Festival – 22 and 24 February 2019. Tickets
All events are wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreted.
Albury Wodonga – 7 March 2019, 6.00 pm, the Cube Wodonga. Tickets
Wagga Wagga – 8 March 2019, 5.30pm, Wagga Library. Tickets
Brisbane – Brisbane Square Library, hosted by The Avid Reader – 21 March 2019, 6.00 – 8.00 pm. Tickets
The venue is wheelchair accessible and the event will be Auslan interpreted.
Canberra – 14 April 2019, Muse Books. Details TBC
Adeaide – 2 May 2019, Marion Cultural Centre. Details TBC.
More details for each event and more dates will come.
Thank you to everyone who has read this blog and commissioned me to write or speak. Without you, there wouldn’t be a book. Thanks to Catherine Milne and Nicola Robinson and the team at HarperCollins, Jacinta DiMase and Danielle Binks at Jacinta DiMase Management, and to my family and friends for always believing in me. I am seriously overwhelmed with the lovely support around Say Hello. It’s been amazing. Thank you.
There has been so much media about Say Hello. Thank you and hurrah.
What to read in 2018 – The Age/Sydney Morning Herald
I finally see my skin as my identity – SBS Life
Well known writer, speaker and disability activist Carly Findlay has released her first book, Say Hello. – Disability Support Online
Why I want people to Say Hello – WHIMN
Look beyond skin deep -The Courier Mail
Say hello to Carly Findlay – Mindfood
What I’m reading in February – The Guardian
People ask me if I’m sunburnt – Ten Daily
Out to lunch – The Age
Say Hello review – Independent Australia
U Weekend – Courier Mal
I don’t want to be an inspiration – Lifestyle Queensland
What We Are Reading – Lifestyle Queensland
Five things I learnt from Say Hello – Claudia Forsberg
Where can you buy Say Hello again?
(These are affiliate links – I get a small percentage from each sale)