Deb Rachel Is Loving Launch Week

Before my book launch, I’d been warned that the actual publication day might feel anti-climactic. First of all, my book was originally planned for January 2012, so when it got moved up, the press and events were still planned for a month later. And then there was the fact that MWF Seeking BFF was coming out right around the holidays, when people are out of town and distracted. And, finally, was the simple fact that after you see your book on the shelves, it’s like “Ok. There it is. Now what?”

Or so I was told.

But I tell you, for me, it was totally climactic! I swear, besides my wedding, Tuesday might have been the best day of my life. I woke up to emails and text messages from friends (old and new). I went first thing with my mom and brother to the bookstore, where we took this photo (among others). Then I got a manicure, and headed to lunch with one of my new friends, where I indulged in a mid-day champagne margarita. (Who knew such a thing existed?) Next, back to the computer for some email catch up. Then, a trip back to the bookstore with my husband. (We’d had a champagne toast, just the two of us, the night before.) Then dinner with my whole family to celebrate the book launch and the first night of Hanukkah.

I mean, really, is there anything better? It’s not like a birthday, which you have every year. Tuesday will forever be the day my first book was published, and it was more memorable than even I thought it would be.

Do prolific writers still MWF Seeking BFF, by Rachel Bertscheget goosebumps on book release day? I can’t imagine there ever being a day where I see my name on a book on a bookshelf in a bookstore and am all “There’s my latest book. NBD.” Nope. Won’t happen. I honestly think I’ll always be this giddy.

If you’re still on the fence about MWF Seeking BFF, might I invite you to read the intro and first chapter? Or perhaps you’d be interested to see that it was named “Required Reading” by the New York Post (and Cindy Adams!) and the Editor’s Choice by Chicago Tribune. Or that O, The Oprah Magazine called it one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” and Chicago magazine recommends you “put MWF on your book club list now.”  Self, (thanks former Deb Sarah Jio!), and have all recommended it, too. As you might imagine, my head is still spinning in excitement.

As a big thanks to our wonderful Debutante Ball readers, I’d love to give away a copy to a commenter below. Just tell me: Other than a wedding/birth of a child, what was your best day ever?

29 Replies to “Deb Rachel Is Loving Launch Week”

  1. Your Launch Day sounds absolutely perfect! What a great way to celebrate. A champagne margarita? I can’t believe there’s a cocktail I’ve never heard of, much less tried. I shall have to remedy that ASAP, and when I do I’ll be toasting you and MWF Seeking BFF with it. 😀

    1. Thanks Linda! The champagne margarita was in a champagne glass, but had salt. They said it was just one of their classic margaritas, but with champagne added. DELISH! My two favorite drinks in one.

  2. Love the pic! And what a host of accolades to send your baby out into the world with!

    I’m with Deb Linda on the champagne margaritas–what a brilliant-sounding drink (bet it tasted even better than it sounds!) But of course, everything tastes sweeter on the day of your debut’s release, doesn’t it?

    Congratulations again, my dear!!

  3. I LOVE this picture. And even more, I love how awesome your launch was – it’s obvious it was filled with excitement and joy for you. Here’s to even more great stuff coming your way!

    (Can we toast over some of Erika’s wine?)

    1. Thanks Joanne. It’s nice to spend a day not worrying about sales or due dates or what will happen next, but just enjoying the excitement of FINALLY seeing your baby out in the world!

  4. Congrats on your new book!! I have read so many good reviews for it. I would love to read it.
    My wedding and birth of my children are definitely the brightest days for me. Another one would be graduation from college.

  5. Congratulations on your brand new book! I love the cover too. Besides my wedding day, my best days are when my hubby and I are on vacation, be it in Hawaii for our honeymoon, or Mexico several years ago, or on a family cruise last summer. It’s always so nice to get away.

    1. Thanks Amy! I adore the cover (and am so grateful to the designer responsible for it). I count down the days until vacations. Our next one is for a wedding in Mexico in February. Will be a quick trip, but so necessary.

  6. Thank you and Congrats on your novel! For Me One of the best days of my life was going to Flordia in Feb( I live in WI) and going to Disney World during that vacation:)

    1. Sheena, I LOVE Disney World! Last January I went with two dear friends to Orlando to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Sea World! You’re never too old for that kind of fun…

  7. So glad you had a memorable launch day, Rachel!

    I’ve had a lots of “best” days and look forward
    to many more in the future.

  8. The best day ever for me other than my wedding day and the birth of my son, was on July 25, 2004 in Kunming, China when I met my daughter for the first time!! In the adoption community this day is generally referred to as “Gotcha Day” or “Forever Family Day”.

    Congrats on your new book! It sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! 🙂

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    1. This is so heartwarming. I had no idea they had those titles for that very very VERY special day. Gotcha Day! So great…Thank you for sharing that.

  9. Mmmmm… mom maintains that on my wedding day I looked the happiest that she’s ever seen me, LOL, so that may be hard to top!

    A pretty cool day would be when my SIL and I traveled to Toronto to meet author Emily Giffin. It was one heck of a day, including a flat tire on the way there on one of the hottest days of the summer EVER, but it was pretty awesome!!

    I would love to win a copy of your book, jonitathebookchick(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Awww, Jonita, that’s pretty great to hear regarding your wedding. But that trip to Toronto… wow. Those kind of mishaps just make a trip like that more memorable, right? So cool you did all that to see a great author!

  10. I don’t know if I can pick an absolute best day ever, but a pretty good one was the day I successfully defended my dissertation. The day marked the end of an eight-year era in my life that was rather lonely, isolating, and sometimes stressful and the beginning of my being able to live my life and enjoy my husband and kids without “the ugly cloud of that big unfinished project” hanging over me.

    Very excited to read your book! Congratulations on your publication day!

  11. Congrats on a wonderful release day! It does sound absolutely perfect. I can’t name a best day ever but I’m thinking it would also involve a champagne margarita!

  12. Congrats!
    My best day was when my sister and I waited outside all day for front row tickets to “Rent.” We had such a blast and the show was so worth the wait. We even got to meet the cast afterward. 🙂

  13. I was out of town with my family and did not participate in my usual blog reading. I’m sorry that I missed your launch week. Your book arrived and I am excited to read it! congrats!!!

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