How excellent is it to have launched my first book? Pretty freaking excellent.
I've been signing all over recently to promote DEAR TEEN ME, but the official launch was on November 10th at The Book Spot in Round Rock. I asked folks to attend in retro formal wear for the high school homecoming theme. Man they went all out:
DTM contributor Cynthia Leitich Smith with the inimitable Greg Leitich Smith. (Photo by Dave Wilson)
DTM contributors (back row) Jo Whittemore, Don Tate, P.J. Hoover (front row) Jessica Lee Anderson and K.A Holt. (Photo by Dave Wilson)
I also had a great time reading and listening to some of my fellow contributors read from the book. Danny and Julie, owners of the Book Spot, were very gracious. They even let me decorate their book store high school dance style. We kind of rearranged everything. How awesome are they?
Mari Mancusi reads from her letter about her experience with bullying.
I'm so grateful both to the reading/writing community and to The Book Spot for hosting. And of course to Zest Books and, duh, my parents, who helped provide refreshments.
Me (far right) with friends and fellow authors Mari Mancusi, Bethany Hegedus, and Nikki Loftin. (Photo by Jo Whittemore)
The weekend after the launch I went out to San Francisco, home of Zest Books, to promote DEAR TEEN ME in the Bay Area. There are a ton of DTM contributors in California, and we were lucky to hook up with a few for signings at Book Passage in Corte Madera and Books, Inc. in Berkeley. It was so cool to see my publisher, Hallie Warshaw, again and to meet my publicists Ann Edwards and Jo Beaton, and of course my editor, Dan Harmon in person! I also got to see my friends and fellow DTM contributors Stacey Jay and Mariko Tamaki, whom I haven't seen in forever. And I was so happy to meet Katherine Longshore, Erika Stalder, Mike Jung, and Marke Bieschke!
I'm speaking here at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Behind me, back to front, are Mike Jung, Katherine Longshore, Marke Bieschke, Erika Stalder, Mariko Tamaki, and Stacey Jay. (Photo by Ann Edwards.)
Katherine Longshore, me, Mariko Tamaki, Marke Bieschke and Editor Dan (aka Dan Harmon) at Books, Inc. in Berkeley. I might have peer pressured Dan into moderating this panel. (Photo by Jo Beaton.)
It was great to see so many folks at the events! Highlights include running into my former room mate, Carrie's, mom, my Dad's friend Marcia, and of course my friend `bananaprincess from dA! It was also awesome to see my friend Sanju, who took me around the city a bit after my events were over. We went to City Lights Books (home of beat poetry), 826 Valencia (where McSweeney's makes magic with young writers), and various other fabulous SF locales.
What a whirlwind! I'm hoping to make a few more local stops (and maybe some Maine stops) before the holidays, but we'll see what happens. And I'm totally looking forward to the Montgomery County Book Festival! I'm a lucky girl, and I'm so excited to be sharing DEAR TEEN ME with so many people!