Ye gods, the launch party happened! As you can see by the above video clip (which agency-mate Christy Lenzi helpfully recorded even as I completely forgot to), I even managed to write and perform a theme song for it. (If you look closely you can catch the occasional glimpse of my pig-tailed daughter grooving along.) I’m completely gobsmacked by all the people who turned out for it – every single world in my life collided there. I met people like Christy and Sarah Stevenson for the first time. Kevin Cullimore, one of my oldest friends, actually flew out from the east coast for it! Maybe best of all, my editor, the one and only Arthur A. Levine, was coincidentally in town for another occasion and brought his entire family to the party. I love my editor.
The 6.13 year old did a bang-up job serving as the announcer, and the staff at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore were the best of hosts – they took very good care of me, and if I actually get to hold future launch parties, they’ll be at the top of the list. A few photos, all of which were graciously taken by other people:
Thank you, thank you, and thank you to everyone who came to the party, bought a book, or cheered me on from a distance – it’s no fun to throw a party if people don’t actually show up. People showed up in a big way – old friends, more recent friends, brand-spanking new friends, writers, colleagues, teachers, librarians, and most important, kids. I got to sign books for kids, including a few who’d already read the book! Otis, for example, very respectfully asked if I was finished with the next book yet, because he really wanted to read it. You’re the man, Otis. I’m working on it.
BTW, I haven’t forgotten about the whole pre-order contest thing! The winner of a GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES tote bag, a copy of Dan Santat’s SIDEKICKS, a copy of Martha Brockenbrough’s DEVINE INTERVENTION, an 8×10 illustration of Harry Potter and Hedwig by GEEKS artist Mike Maihack, and an utterly random wind-up tin toy robot is JIM HILL! Doooood, congrats and thanks for pre-ordering the book – I’m afraid it’s gonna take me a few more days to get your prizes shipped out, but ship them out I will.
And now, I shall take a deep breath…