I hear the launch party went well. I was physically there for the virtual party, but was so busy I wasn’t really sure how things were going. We met in a Panera: me, my husband and a dear friend who showed up to keep me calmed down. She played the role of “Dora, the maid” while Mike played the role of William from my book. I played the role of “oh shit, oh shit, oh shit – what do I do now?” I ran three trivia games, so between frantically posting jpgs and finding my questions – I was in a fog. Thankfully “Dora” stepped in often. I was able to look back over it the next morning and got teary eyed at how many people showed up! My brothers, my daughters, old friends and so many new faces. It’s probably a good thing I was so busy with trivia or I’d have turned into a sappy mushball and scared everyone away.
I haven’t seen my book yet. Friends and family have gotten it in paperback and have sent me photos. It looks lovely! I finally broke down and ordered myself a copy from online. I heard the publisher might not send me my copies for 6-8 weeks and there is no way I’m waiting that long!
In the meantime, I keep checking my ranking on Amazon. It’s the only way I know to tell how it’s doing. I don’t get to see numbers or anything – just my ranking. To my eyes, it looks dismal, but I trust Holly when she tells me “pretty good.” For a few minutes I almost broke into the “Top 100” of time travel, but with Diana Gabaldon squatting on 19 of the top 20 spots – what chance do the rest of us have? (Hey, she’s a great writer!)
Meanwhile – real life continues to provide a ‘light diversion.’ We’re planning a 2,000+ mile move – from the Ozarks to an island north of Seattle. And though we’re still on track to do this next month, my husband’s schedule got pushed up to “now.” He’s flying around the house – packing up and doing home repairs before he heads out tomorrow.
It’s interesting how everything seems to happen at the same time!
I know I shouldn’t post a blog entry that’s so scattered, but right now I am in little bits and not whole at all. Happily, most of those bits are humbled and thankful and delighted at how well everything has gone and how wonderful everyone has been through the process and the birth of my first book.
And I get to do this all over again in May, minus the cross country move. It’s gonna be a breeze! I scoff at book birth labor pains!