|They made me my own sign!|
So, when I decided to do my very first book launch event, the temptation was there to puff up the cat and make myself seem like bigger literary shakes than I am. After all, "fake it till you make it," right? Well no, not for me. Putting myself out there, rather than letting my work speak for itself, is one of the hardest things for me about self-publishing. Yet,the release of The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep was a significant step forward, and I simply wanted to celebrate it.
|Yummmm! Blueberry Pancakes!|
Why was this book such a big deal for me?
It marks numerous firsts.
The first . . .
- Book I have published with original commissioned artwork
- And thus, the first time I have worked with an illustrator.
- Time my books will be in retail stores
- Kickstarter campaign to fund illustrations, audio book production , promotional donations, and extended distribution
- actual Launch event.
Am I on the same level yet with my more prolific publishing peers? Not even remotely, but I am getting there one step at a time. The best thing was capping it all off today with a small but diverse group of people in celebration: enjoying some great food, and terrific fellowship.
Thank you one and all for your support, and for sharing this moment with me!
COMING NEXT! . . . Beauty On The Interstate to be released in August, and the release of The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep in Audio Book
Also, more stories and essays posts (I have some saved up) and more from the Art-Inspired Stories Project at this year's Proctor Arts Fest.