Monday, September 21, 2009

So...How Was It?

Awesome! As you may recall, I was a bit nervous about the book launch party on Friday (anyone who saw me in the hours leading up to it, saw me muttering "I so don't want to do this"), but it was completely unfounded.

We had a great time, although it was a little like a wedding in that I remember seeing people for a few seconds, but really didn't get to talk to anyone for long. I was so touched that so many people came out to celebrate - there must have been somewhere north of 100 people.

The bookseller brought 50 books and sold out, saying he could have sold many more. We had munchies from some of the countries we visit in the book and the cake...well, you can see the amazing, TV-worthy cake for yourself. The top was Six O'clock and was double chocolate, and the bottom was a preview of Dirty Little Secrets and was vanilla/raspberry. When it came time to cut it, I was wincing at defiling the art, but the creator assured me that it was okay. And boy, was it.

The adults had fun, the kids had fun and the author had fun.

Special thanks go to Tim at Zocalo for the fabulous location (if you ever need a warm and wonderful place to throw a party, talk to Tim), Julie Durkee and Sue McDonough for the amazing cake, Jill Raimondi for donating said amazing cake, Kate Miller for keeping me sane and Kavita Lalwani for taking me to the Indian store for samosas. We had people from the North Bay and San Francisco - I can't thank them enough for taking time out of their Friday night to share such a fabulous moment.

I'd do it again in a minute. Oh wait, maybe we will in February!


Crystal said...

Congratulations, Cynthia, on your book debut and launch! What a great picture book! And I loved reading about your path to publication. How lucky you are to have a mentor such as Karen English . . . wow!

Your story is inspiring! :)

--Crystal (writermama on the Blue Boards)

Julie_c said...

I'm looking at that first picture and thinking, "Why is that picture book so thick?" Then I realized it was a cake! Wowza!

Looks like a great event, Cynthia! I'm so glad you had a blast! Wish I could have been there.