TRUE BLUE: John Tully will speak at the Kingaroy Library.
TRUE BLUE: John Tully will speak at the Kingaroy Library. Claudia Williams

Kingaroy author to share wisdom

RAISING 10 kids in country Queensland provides plenty of material for an aspiring author.

John Tully, who raised his family in Quilpie and now resides in Kingaroy, will be sharing the ups and downs of raising a family in Western Queensland and what it takes to become a self-published author when he speaks at the Kingaroy Library.

Mr Tully will also perform poetry by some of Australia's most famous and admired poets, including Will Ogilvie, on Tuesday, January 22, at 10am.

He was encouraged by his children to collate his short stories into a book and went on to self-publish The Helicopter's Coming... We Can Have 2 Slices of Bread in 2009.

"It is like Cheaper by the Dozen, but in Australia,” Mr Tully said.

For the first run he printed 1000 copies and was surprised by the response.

"I didn't think I would sell 500 and they sold like hotcakes,” he said.

"I knew northing about selling books so I rang up every newsagent in the west and hardly got knocked back.”

Readers of his book suggested he attended the Kingaroy Writers Club, which he has been a member of for the past five years.

"There is quite a high standard, I was surprised when I first went there,” he said.

Mr Tully believes you have to self-publish as a new author and he will share his tips and experience with aspiring authors during his talk at the library.