So yesterday at lunch, somebody asked sarah_prineas and me whether we were going to have book launch parties to celebrate our new books.
sarah_prineas’s and my reaction:
(Can you feel the resounding silence???)
I had a “book launch party” in 2005 when I had three books come out at once. There were no book stores involved. My husband cleaned the house, made appetizers and invited all my friends…it was very nice. I’d like to do that kind of book launch party again next year when my chapter book series comes out. (I’ll probably even clean the house and make the food myself!)
But I don’t get real excited about a book launch party that is really a book store signing in disguise. I’ve just never found book store signings to be all that successful. I do them when I’m asked, but I don’t ever seek them out.
But then yesterday sarah_prineas turned to me and said, “why don’t we do a book launch party together?”
I like it. First of all, it’s not just a random book signing…it’s two local friends CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF BOOK TWO IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SERIES. That’s cool! It’s cool enough that Prairie Lights may even advertise that angle. (PL treats you GREAT if you write for adults…if you write for kids? Well, let’s just say I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the childrens department is down in the basement!)
We could make it an event…we could both talk a little bit about the challenges of writing multiple books about the same characters.
And well…who wouldn’t want to do a signing with sarah_prineas ?
Of course, it is still entirely possible that no one will come other than our Monday/Friday/every-third-Saturday/whenever-else-we-feel-like-getting-together-group…but as long as a few them showed up, well…that’s the kind of launch party I could get behind!
I think we’re probably going to do it!