The past meeting I had with my editor, we talked about what day I wanted to have my book release party, what kind of party I wanted, etc.
OK, when I got married, I planned for a year. In retrospect, this seems outrageous, but things had to be reserved ahead of time. And, heck, the Catholic Church doesn't even let you get married unless you go to them six months ahead of time, and then, if that's all it is, good luck on getting the church that day. And then there's the reception. And the photographer. Trust me, the list goes one.
So what goes into planning a book release party? I decided I wanted to do something big (as opposed to small at my house), so we're going to have it at BookPeople (hopefully), the big indi bookstore here in town. I'm thinking now I need to start heading to every release party I can and seeing "how the cool people do it". I think Libba Bray is there this weekend. Or maybe she already was. And this summer there're having the big Rick Riordan party. Of course, it's going to be in the parking lot and probably spill out into the street. Maybe I can get such a turnout?
The last party I planned was my daughter's three year. We had a turtle, a frog, a scorpion, and two snakes. Oh, and a tarantula. (Herpeton in case you're interested in booking your own party). Would something like that work? :)
One thing I know is that in Texas, no party is without a pinata and a large stick. Now to come up with a design for an Emerald Tablet pinata.