For those of you who weren’t able to join me last week for the release party for my 10th novel, The Painter’s Daughter, I thought I’d share a few highlights here.
I began by showing a photo from my very first book signing back in 2007. My older son is in red and the little guy bent sideways is my youngest. This year my older son had a basketball game and couldn’t attend the signing, but my “baby” did and it was fun to see people’s reactions to how much he has changed since then, while I haven’t changed a bit! <wink>
Then I showed the video trailer and talked a little about the inspiration behind this, my first novel with a “marriage of convenience” premise. I also described my research, and finding the perfect location to set The Painter’s Daughter during my last trip to England.
Afterward, I had many people to thank—from my assistant Anna who helped so much with research, timelines, and brainstorming, to my husband who helped write an “epic” battle scene, to my traveling buddy, to my first reader, last reader, editor, and everyone in between.
Then it was time for something new. To make the launch more party-like in celebration of 10 books, I gave out prizes to people who had attended 7+ of the 10 launches and also drew numbers for other prizes so everyone had a chance to win something. I had a little too much fun shopping for prizes I hoped would appeal to folks who enjoy my Jane Austen-era novels set in England.
Finally it was time to share a beautiful and delicious cake, compliments of my publisher and cut and served by Bethany House publicist, Amy Green.
So many friends came from near and far to celebrate with me and I am thankful for each and every one.
It was a memorable, exhilarating, and exhausting evening. Thankfully I have a year to recover. 🙂 Now it’s back to the real life of writing and editing the next book and trying to stay focused and on task amid the busy weeks leading up to Christmas.
What’s something you’ve done–or seen done–at a book signing that made it fun or unique? And how are Christmas preparations going for you?