So many people came out to support me. And I had awesome little pumpkins with candy corn and laminated backpack tags as party favors. See the way I'm thinking, it's much harder to throw away something laminated, especially when it already has a clip on it ready to hang on a backpack zipper.
Oops, just realized I forgot to put these on my kids' backpacks these mornings.
First and most important, Team Emerald Tablet. My son was thrilled to help set up, his specialty being stacking the water bottles.
So what to do at a release party?
First, have lots of candy for the kids. The punch was also a hit.
My awesome editor, Madeline Smoot, introduced me to the over 150 people who showed up (!).
I showed my book trailer (note - I need LOUDER speakers).
And then I gave a presentation featuring tons on pictures, PowerPoint animation (a new skill for me), a reading of the first few pages of The Emerald Tablet, and a quiz with giveaways.
Featured in the prize pumpkins were
- laminated The Emerald Tablet bookmarks
- a notebook and pencil to write down ideas
- glow sticks to stay up late reading The Emerald Tablet
- and t-shirts featuring the cover of The Emerald Tablet and the Lemurian Alphabet.
Before the party, my books were actually on the shelf (yes, right up there with The Hunger Games and Libba Bray)!
Honestly, thank you so much, everyone, for all the support with this release! I had such a great time and appreciated everything more than you can believe!
AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOTTAWRITE GIRL, FOR THE AWESOME VIRTUAL RELEASE PARTY!
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