Launch Party of Trespassers: Hometown Style

Remember November 2014? Seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Six months!

Where has the time gone?

I cannot believe I am just now posting about my launch party in Maryland. I have no excuse. Unless you think Thanksgiving, Christmas, homeschooling three boys, transportation of said boys to TKD, Bible study, music class, etc, feeding those three bottomless pit of boys (which actually may take up most of my time if I really thought about it!), three birthdays, and working on my next [three] book(s) are all valid excuses. Even at this very moment, all three kids are attempting to distract me with requests to:

  1. help count money from his wallet (my youngest)
  2. build a robot out of recyclables (my middle son)
  3. untangle power cords (my oldest), which is really helping his father.

No wonder I’m having trouble organizing my thoughts! Of course I’m not only tardy with blog posts. Birthday cards, thank you cards, any time I need to get to the post office to mail something can all be expected late!

DSC_2122But really I have no excuse because the hometown launch party, held at the library I cherished as a kid,  went so very well!

Don’t get me wrong. I was nervous. As in so nervous, I went and hid in the meeting room of the library. I thought I knew what I was going to say, that I was prepared. It all sounded so good when I envisioned it in my head as I drove to Maryland from Alabama. But then I was there at the library. And people were arriving. And suddenly, I was hiding out and wondering how in the world I was going to do this.

I think I was more nervous then than I was for the launch party in Birmingham. Which is weird I think because the Birmingham party was my first appearance as an author. Ever.

Side note: How cool is it that I just typed “my first appearance as an author!” I’m still over the moon about that and a little disbelieving, if you must know.

And we could discuss the possible reasons for this increase in nerves – B’ham had a smaller number of people; the people in Maryland have known me if not all of my life, then close to it…Maybe we shouldn’t dwell on the reasons.


Cheryl introducing me

Then it was time. My dear Cheryl, the polished public speaker that she is, who I’ve known just about my entire life, introduced me. And my first thought as I stood and looked at the crowd was how grateful I was that the library had a podium!

You know how celebrities are rumored to have specific requests for their handlers as they travel from town to town, specific things they demand from the brand of bottled water to snack food to … well, you name it. For my handler…in the future…my request is going to be a podium. I think I really need it!


Cheryl & I at the signing table!

But then I started talking and I realized that I was surrounded by people who all wanted me to succeed. And so I relaxed and enjoyed myself. Now, was I polished? Eloquent? Did I sound intellectual and literary (whatever that means)? Was my posture perfect? No. But I was completely me and I’m happy about that.

So to my dearest friends and family who came out, who helped by bringing snacks and refreshments, who helped in setting up and cleaning up, who came out on a Saturday morning and bought a copy of my book, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I could not have pursued this dream of mine without your support and encouragement.


A family shot

And now for my version of the fine print/legal mumbo jumbo/disclaimers: For anyone who’d like to support/encourage me, the following are some ideas:

  1. Buy my book! If you already have a print version, forgo a couple of pricey coffees one week and instead buy the ebook! Just for kicks. You don’t actually have to reread it.
  2. Tell your friends to buy it! Even those thousand friends you don’t really know on FB and Twitter.
  3. Post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads. I probably don’t need to mention these should be (ahem) positive reviews. Remember what your mother taught you: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything! 🙂
  4. Like my Author Page. Sign up for my newsletter. (You can probably guess based on the tardiness of this post that I don’t send one out very often!)
  5. And finally, just be encouraging when I lament about how awful my current WIP is going (the reason I’m currently working on three) and when I allow my gift of procrastination to interfere with finishing aforementioned WIPs!