Daimby City - Night Dragon is available to purchase now!
I knew I needed something perfect for my book launch. I mean, you don't just spend five years on a book to have it released somewhere that's not perfect. So began my impossible journey to find the right venue for me to host a book launch.
My name is Maymunah Azad. I'm a fifteen year old author living in Derby and I've released a children's fantasy book called Daimby City: Night Dragon.
That sounds a bit dramatic. Ah well, that's a story in itself!
I needed to promote my book. Get it out there. Lots of people were really supportive but I just didn't know how to spread the word, and that lack of knowledge resulted in lost sleep and too much time on the internet. All I can say is thank god we were on an unlimited package or I would've busted the limit in a day.
Well, I went to my friends at school and I asked them “Do you guys know of any cafes to hold a book launch at?” They suggested a few, but they were, (no offence guys) unhelpful.
My mum and I downloaded a random sheet off the internet that listed a ton of venues. Luckily the first place I saw was the meeting room at Déda that actually charged a reasonable price - unlike the hundreds of pounds I was getting elsewhere - and seemed a pretty decent size too.
I decided to look at the venue in person (because I can't understand anything from someone telling me or pictures for that matter) and guess what? I had a day off on a Wednesday! Perfect for me to go and visit.
And wow, everyone was so friendly there! I met Joanna Martin, who showed me round the building and while we were musing over the meeting room (which is very pretty, modern and colourful!) she asked me whether I would like to hold it in the café instead!
OMG yes! The café manager, Sam, who I met for a few brief seconds, was totally cool about it. I went into the café and I really, really liked it.
Like the meeting room, it is super bright and colourful. There is practically an entire square wall made out of glass, hence the name CUBE café bar. It's really spacious but not so big you feel lonely and especially when you don't know how many people will actually turn up, I thought it would be perfect!
I spoke to my friends about hosting it there and they were like “What? Where's that?”, resulting in a very irritated me rolling my eyes at the prospect of having to give directions.
The story of my life.
Mum: …driving down Station Road…
Me: What? Where's that?
Mum: Next to Uttoxeter Road…
Me: Is that in Sinfin somewhere?
Sister: Oh for crying out loud….
Anyway, I actually managed to explain where it was!
The nice thing about the CUBE café bar is that it's in town which is super convenient, so anyone who happens to be shopping at Intu can just walk up there. And it's in a place where I can tell people where it is, especially important for someone like me. The CUBE is very family friendly and the prices are decent as well. It has an amazing atmosphere which I just adore! It's a great place to hold any event!